HATS founders ‘amazed’ by support, generosity of area residents

By Marlys Good

Ten years ago Wilford and Beverly Brimley co-founded Hands Across the Saddle, a non-profit charity that focuses on giving a helping hand to individuals or families in Big Horn County who find themselves, through no fault of their own, facing a financial emergency.

With the 10th anniversary gala coming up Saturday, July 28, the Brimleys, who will be on hand at the Herb Asp Community Center for the event, say they are “amazed” at the continued response from the community. It is even better than they had thought it would be.

“It’s not just one town, one area, it’s from all over the Big Horn Basin. It is only through their support and generosity that it has been so successful. It’s amazing.

“If you ‘require’ someone to do something, they are reluctant; give them an OPPORTUNITY to do something good and worthwhile and people come out of the woodwork to make it happen. These are good people.”

Beverly said many times it’s not the “big stuff, the big expenses, but the little stuff that breaks your back. It’s needing wood, propane, groceries, prescriptions, etc. If you can provide help, it changes everything around. It ‘picks your head up.’ It breaks down the whole picture.”

Beverly said the charity was established to give “people a hand up, not a hand out. Many referrals for a ‘hand up’ come from friends or neighbors who see the need (but know that the person/family will not ask for themselves). You like to help people like that.”

Everyone can do something, Beverly emphasized. “They can check on people, share information.”

The co-founder also emphasized that, “every thing is kept anonymous, no names are ever disclosed to maintain the dignity of the recipients.”

When the group was founded, the only requirement asked of board members was that they give as much time and effort as they could for as long as they could.

To date, the group has given financial assistance in excess of $600,000 to those who have, through no fault of their own, fallen on tough times.

Ten tickets available

Although tickets to HATS have been sold out, 10 have become available. These will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 765-4466 or (307) 272-4466.

Organizer Scott Good said anyone who has tickets on hold must make arrangements to pick them up and pay for them by Tuesday, July 24.

No tickets will be sold at the door on Saturday, July 28.