CHEYENNE – Mother Nature may have put the kibosh on the 15th Annual Cheyenne Day of Giving event this past May, but the Day of Giving Board held a virtual event in June, receiving almost $16,000 from area donors, and now they are putting together a Drive-Thru Event on September 25 at the Kiwanis Community House in Lions Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The goal is always for area residents to come together in support of the 17 area agencies Day of Giving helps, and this drive-thru event is on track to do just that. Just as proceeds from the Virtual Day of Giving went entirely to purchasing much needed food, personal hygiene items, medical and sanitizing supplies, and school clothes and shoes, items dropped off on September 25 will go directly to clients in need at local agencies.
According to Day of Giving Board member Greta Morrow, this event will follow advice from the Laramie County Health Department. It will be almost totally outdoors, and volunteers will be observing social distancing as well as mask and glove guidelines. Donors will simply need to pull up to the curb at the Kiwanis Community House, where volunteers wearing masks and gloves will unload their donations. Donors will not need to leave their cars. Volunteers will box and load donations to be delivered to area agencies that will let boxes sit over the weekend, then work on getting needed items directly to their clients in need.
Day of Giving is asking for donations of food, personal care items (including packages of new underwear), craft items, leftover prescription medications, medical equipment and supplies, and used eyeglasses, cell phones and hearing aids. Volunteers will also have information available on how to register as a prospective bone marrow or organ/eye/tissue donor.
The one exception to the drive-through pattern is that Day of Giving is asking volunteers to give blood at the Vitalant blood drive to be held inside the Kiwanis Community House on the 25th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Door monitors will allow potential donors wearing face masks to go inside and donate blood. At the same time, each donor will receive a free COVID-19 antibody test so that donors will know whether their donation of plasma could help a coronavirus patient survive. Walk-ins will be welcome, or donors can make an appointment by calling Vitalant at 638-3326 or Day of Giving Board member Greta Morrow at 635-3943.
For further information or to learn more about Day of Giving, go to www.dayofgiving.org or Facebook at Cheyenne Day of Giving. Residents are also invited to call Day of Giving Board member Greta Morrow at the number above.