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Messiah’s Mission aims to help prevent drownings

Updated: Jun. 23, 2022 at 6:30 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On a hot summer day in 2018, tragedy struck Staci White’s family.

When on a trip to Lake Minatare, one of Staci’s sons, Messiah, drowned in the lake after leaving his life vest at home.

In his honor, Staci and her family got together to create a non-profit called Messiah’s Mission. to make sure no family has to go through what hers did.

Messiah’s Mission gathers life vests from the community, and then distributes them to anyone and everyone who needs one, free of charge.

According to the CDC, an average of 11 people die from drowning each day. But wearing a life jacket could bring those numbers down.

If you take just a few extra minutes to correctly put on your life jacket, it could save your life someday.

A link to the Messiah’s Mission Facebook page can be found here. You can reach out to Staci and coordinate a pick up or drop off of your life vest donations.

Never assume you are safe from drowning whilst swimming, even if you are an experienced swimmer.

It is not uncommon that someone begins drowning due to exhaustion, which happens quicker in water than on land, and can happen to anybody.

The Red Cross calls drowning the “Silent Killer” because unlike what is shown on the big screens, drowning can be quick and silent. Because of this, the people around you may not notice until it is too late.

The Red Cross also offers free web tools that offer water safety tips, information, and more. Click on this link to access those tools and more information.

Swim safe, and have fun!

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