Community Salutes local heroes with Military May and time for Day of Giving

The month of May is an opportunity for the Cheyenne community to recognize the efforts of local military members and thank them for their service to all of us.

The events begin with awarding the Cheyenne Trophies at the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce luncheon today. Annual traveling trophies are awarded to the outstanding units from the area Air Force, Air National Guard, Army National Guard and Navy.  These units will be announced at the luncheon and be recognized with beautiful, huge  trophies to display, giving them bragging rights until next May. This year’s winners are:

Wyoming Air National Guard 153rd Airlift Wing

Wyoming Army Nationakl Guard 213th Regional Training Institute

Air Force 90th Missile Wing’s 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon will hand out the trophies to the winners. Major General Greg Porter, Adjutant General for Wyoming will be the event’s keynoite speaker.

Veterans and active duty military members, along with their families are invited to attend a military appreciation barbecue and armed forces celebration on Saturday, May 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the High West Energy building, 3302 I-80 Service Rd. east of Cheyenne. Coordinated by the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee, complimentary lunch and entertainmnet will be provided.

This month provides plenty of opportunity for civilians to show appreciation for area military members and veterans, and for service members to get to know the Cheyenne community a little better.

The 16th Cheyenne Annual Day of Giving is next week.

The Day of Giving Board is happy to announce that this year’s event is back to the customary 2nd-Friday-in-May pattern, with the Youth Event the day before, both at the Kiwanis Community House in Lions Park.  Both events will be drive-thru, and volunteers will be following health guidelines, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing.

The Day of Giving Youth Event is on May 13, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The youth will be running the event, doing all the jobs adults will do the next day and following the same health guidelines.  They will greet donors, then unload donations of food, personal care items, and craft items; they will bring the donations inside, sort them according to the wish lists of the 10 area agencies that will receive them, and box them up so they are ready for delivery the next morning.  In other words, the kids in Cheyenne will be helping their age peers who struggle for such necessities as food, laundry detergent, body wash, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste!

The 16th Annual Day of Giving will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the next day, Friday, May 14, also at the Kiwanis Community House.  This will be a time for area residents to load donations in the back seat or trunk of their cars, pull up curbside at the KCH, have the donation unloaded by a masked volunteer, and be on their way.  The only donors who will need to park and go inside the KCH will be blood donors attending the on-site Vitalant blood drive held there from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers will box and load donations to be delivered that day to area agencies; the agencies will let the boxes sit over the weekend, then work on getting these much-needed items to clients in need. 

Day of Giving is asking for donations of nonperishable food, personal care items, craft items, leftover prescription medications, medical equipment and medical supplies, and used eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones.  Volunteers will also have information available about how to register as a prospective bone marrow or organ/eye tissue donor.  In addition, Day of Giving appreciates financial donations to its year-round effort of supporting agencies that help clients in great need by making purchases to meet those needs.

As with each previous Day of Giving event, the focus is on making a difference for thousands of our neighbors in need!