Steve Owen, left, presented a certificate to members of Fort Washakie’s UNITY youth group, from left, Robert Sloss, Shoshoanna Miller and Gabriel Spoonhunter. With them is Linda Hudson, second from right. Joshua Scheer photo.
(Lander, Wyo.) – The Salvation Army in Lander tonight thanked service groups, youth groups, churches, businesses and others who helped in this December’s kettle campaign.
This year’s effort raised $7, 547, up from last year’s nearly $5,000 and 2011′s inaugural $900. A representative from The Salvation Army in Denver said it’s telling of the community’s strength considering districtwide giving was down 20 percent.
Of the money raised, 90 percent will stay in Lander and 10 percent will be sent to Denver for regional operations, but most if not more will be given back to Lander. Locally, The Salvation Army works closely with the First Stop Help Center, Wyoming Highway Patrol and Lander Ministerial Association.
Gathered in a meeting room, Steve Owen and Linda Hudson presented certificates of appreciation for the following groups ringing bells, hosting kettles and raising awareness: