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:

LANDER SERVICE CLUBS
Lander Kiwanis Club
Lander Lions Club
Lander Rotary Club
YOUTH GROUPS
Ft. Washakie Boys & Girls Club
ESCAPE – Eastern Shoshone Cross Age Peer Education
UNITY – Ft. Washakie
Lander Valley High School
CHURCHES & CHURCH GROUPS
High Mountain Cowboy Church
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Faith Lutheran Church
Lander United Methodist Church
Lander Ministerial Association
First Stop Help Center
BUSINESSES HOSTING KETTLES
Alco
Ace Hardware
Safeway
Shopko
Holiday Inn – hosting reception
MEDIA
County 10
Lander Journal