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In this case, a bare Christmas tree is best

Published: Dec. 14, 2020 at 11:55 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The tradition of the angel tree is being carried on at Central Bank and Trust in Riverton, Lander, and Cheyenne. The trees in Fremont County were overflowing with angels, but due to a generous donation and some FFA kids, all of the angels have been spoken for.

Kourtney Hanger, chairman of the angel tree at Central Bank and Trust in Riverton stated, “Our community has been absolutely fabulous. As soon as we start advertising it on Facebook, everybody brings in their children, we hear a lot of families say that they love to teach their children to come in, grab an angel, and give back to the community.”

Kourtney says they started really advertising only a week ago, and all the angels are now gone. There were 315 between the Lander and Riverton branch, and the remaining to equal about 350 were at the Cheyenne branch, which were also gone within the first week.

“It’s not just like donating a couple hundred dollars, and you never see where it goes. These are kids that go to school with our kids, these are families that bank with us, that our kids do sports with. I love the fact that it’s anonymous too, because you just don’t know, and it makes it even more special,” added Hanger.

The Oilfield Iron Men Freedom Riders chapter based out of Lander, held a Bingo fund raiser, gathering $1,700 to pay for the remaining angels in Lander and Riverton, so they were able to spend $85 on each angel. Chapter President Fred Weber noted, “It makes us feel good to be able to make a difference in our community as a group. It gives us a chance to let our community have a little insight as to what we’re about as an organization.”

The FFA group from Riverton middle and high school went shopping for the kids.

“We had kids shopping for kids. They were able to get their community hours in, and to see the look on all their faces shopping, they had a blast. The gratitude that came from those kids was absolutely amazing too,” emphasized Hanger.

This was the first year the FFA members in RIverton helped shop for the angels, however Hanger said they’ll make it a tradition. This year, it was helpful for the FFA kids as well, since it’s been difficult with COVID-19 restrictions for them to complete all their community service hours.

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