Casper Community members keep Christmas lights up to honor health care workers

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:32 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Santa hat-wearing sock monkey inflatable in Kraig Barthlama’s yard sways from the Wyoming wind. Barthlama is keeping up this inflatable and more holiday lights to honor healthcare workers. This is a nationwide trend that comes from

“I want to support them because it’s a simple way to do it and they’re already up,” Barthlama said.

He works in the healthcare field as a PA and he said his wife is a nurse. He knows they are working since the outbreak of COVID-19, Barthlama and his friend, Maria Kellogg want to help keep spirits high.

“If I can bring a little bit of cheer to neighbors why not,” Kellogg said. Kellogg adds keeping the cheer going is worth the possible higher utility bill.

“If somebody’s driving home from work and they’re tired and they see those and if it adds something good to their day that’s great,” Kellogg said.

Barthlama and Kellogg have experienced COVID-19 themselves or know someone close to them who has.

“My niece is a nurse in Utah and had COVID and was sick for 26 days,” Kellogg said.

“Our whole family passed it around about a month and a half ago,” Barthlama said. Thankfully we were fortunate nobody got really sick.”

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