Cheyenne Day of Giving receives record donations

The 18th annual Cheyenne Day of Giving saw record donations.
The 18th annual Cheyenne Day of Giving saw record donations.(KGWN)
Published: May. 16, 2023 at 11:40 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Who says nonprofits can’t make the big bucks?

The 18th annual Cheyenne Day of Giving saw record donations during their events last week, highlighted by more than $13,000 in cash donations and and over 25,000 pounds worth of food and personal care items given to the nonprofit. And those numbers are just half the story.

In total, the Day of Giving saw nearly 130 businesses, congregations and community groups, in addition to countless individuals, help the nonprofit receive over 1500 pounds of medical supplies, nearly 1000 pairs of eyeglasses, 79 used cell phones, 72 boxes worth of craft items, 63 hearing aids, 15 pieces of furniture, 17 blood donations and much more.

“We set a record for food and personal care items donated, but most importantly, area residents made sure thousands of our neighbors in need will receive the help they need!” a press release from the Day of Giving Board stated.

The event was split into two days with the 10th annual Youth Event taking place May 11 while the Day of Giving was the following day, May 12.

New additions to this year’s event allowed donors to give away furniture and houseware for the Fresh Start Program from the Habitat for Humanity. The program helps those transitioning out of homelessness, recovering from addiction, escaping domestic violence, or facing other challenges with resources to furnish a new home.

Where did the cash donations go? Every penny of it went toward making purchases that help 10 area agencies meet client needs throughout the year.

Good Health Will, a Colorado nonprofit who connects health care supplies and medical equipment to those in need, loaded 139 pieces of durable medical equipment and 1,579 pounds of medical supplies.

By 6 p.m. Friday, all donations had been sorted and delivered to area agencies.