Giving programs launched for holidays

The Salvation Army, Food Pantry, Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, Christmas Baskets … just five ways that people can share the spirit of Christmas.

The Salvation Army will have bell ringers manning the familiar “black kettles” in front of the Herb Asp Community Center, Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. during the annual holiday bazaar.

Shoppers can drop donations in the kettle as they enter or leave the community hall, leave them with Kathy Smith at Greybull Town Hall, or send a donation to: Greybull Salvation Army, Box 485, Greybull, WY 82426.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help “ring the bells” can call Smith at Greybull Town Hall, 765-9431, or Kay Mattis, (307) 272-4188.

All money collected goes into the Greybull unit and is used to help meet the needs of local people who have fallen on hard times. Those needs might include gas, bus tickets, food, clothing, prescriptions, and other unforeseen emergencies.

The Angel Tree is sponsored by Bank of Greybull. The bank has a list of 40 residents at either Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home or the Wyoming Retirement Center, along with gift suggestions for each. Stop in, fill out the form (which is in duplicate), take one sheet and leave the second.

Buy the gift of your choice, wrap it and return it to Bank of Greybull by Dec. 17.

Boxes for Toys for Tots, founded by the U.S. Marines, are in place at Shopko, Big Horn Federal and Big Horn Co-op in Greybull and at TCT in Basin. New toys or gifts, age-appropriate (infant to teenagers) and unwrapped, can be left in the drop boxes where members of the Young Marines unit in Powell will pick them up for local distribution at a time to be announced later.

Andy Smith at Shopko says the response has been great for this early in the season with several boxes already filled.

Big Horn Federal is again accepting donations for the Christmas Baskets sponsored by the Greybull Elks Lodge with help from Ron’s Food Farm. Money raised provides baskets that contain all the makings for a holiday dinner, from meat right down to dessert. Checks for “Christmas Baskets” may be sent to Big Horn Federal, 33 N. Sixth St., Greybull, WY 82426.

The Community Outreach thrift shop has a giving program geared to infants to teenagers called the Wise Men’s Star. According to thrift shop manager Alice Williams, a Christmas tree has been decorated with gold stars, each of which includes a number (no names) with age, gender, clothing sizes, needs and “wishes” of a needy child. Anyone who knows of a child in need of a gift for Christmas may contact the Community Outreach store, 765-4409, or Williams at 272-1383, so a star for him/her can be hung on the tree.

Those who don’t have time to pick a star can purchase a gift, take it in unwrapped, and personnel at the thrift store will wrap it and see that it gets one of the children.

Gifts must be returned by Dec. 16.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season, think of those less fortunate; pick a program and lend a hand.