The Needs / Charities We Support
WE HELP MEET THE NEEDS OF THE SICK
AND THE ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED!
The Cheyenne Day of Giving is not an event created on a whim! Its purpose is to direct goods straight to the people helped by the agencies and charities we support – those which help the sick and the economically disadvantaged. By doing so, we can make a real difference in the lives of those who struggle, not only in this area, but, with bone marrow donor registration, organ/tissue donor registration, leftover prescription medication donation, and used prescription eyeglass donation in far-reaching areas of the world as well.
The needs in our area are tremendous, and they are growing at an alarming rate! We hope people in the Cheyenne area will come together and help alleviate as much of the suffering as possible.
Just look at our list of ways to give and agencies helped by each. All are working hard to make life better for those in need!
– Donate non-perishable food and personal care items, craft items
- Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne – provides after-school and summer activities to help youth achieve academic success, live healthy lifestyles, and become young leaders.
- Comea House – provides shelter, hot nutritious meals, medical care, and other resources for homeless men, women, and families in our area.
- Family Promise Cheyenne – provides, in partnership with 16 faith-based communities, homeless families with children nutritious meals and a safe place to stay.
- Magic City Enterprises, Inc. – provides support and care to economically disadvantaged children and adults with developmental disabilities.
- Needs – provides short-term emergency services to Laramie County residents who need help with food, clothing, or school supplies.
- Safehouse Services – provides assistance to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and elder abuse who are homeless and/or economically disadvantaged due to the abuse.
- Salvation Army – provides assistance and solace to the homeless, the ill, and the needy, partly through the weekday feeding program at noon and through giving food boxes and other supplies to those in need.
- St. Joseph’s Food Pantry – provides access to food for residents who are hungry or at risk of hunger
- Unaccompanied Students Initiative – provides a safe, stable home for youth ages 16 to 20
- Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless – provides a day shelter for those who are homeless
- Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County Fresh Start Program – helps those transitioning out of homelessness, recovering from addiction, escaping domestic violence, or facing other challenges with resources to furnish a new home
– Donate blood
- Vitalant needs 350 units of blood and blood products each week to serve the 18 hospitals in the area.
- Only one in 20 people regularly give blood, but there is no substitute for blood.
- Each year, more than 4 million Americans depend on blood transfusions for their very lives – and we can help fill that need!
– Donate leftover prescription medications and medical supplies.
- The Wyoming Medication Donation Program allows residents to donate leftover medications so that through their doctors, patients who meet income guidelines can receive free medications.
- Some medications which cannot be used in our area may be sent to missionaries in other countries.
- GoodHealthwill receives medical supplies donated to the Day of Giving and provides them at no or low cost to people in need in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, working closely with Cheyenne Health and Wellness.
– Donate used eyeglasses, hearing aids, and cell phones with chargers
- Frontier Lions Club works in service to others and uses the Lions Club network to get the eyeglasses and hearing aids to patients in need.
- They also collect used cell phones with chargers and hand those off to Safehouse Services, which gives them to the abused women in shelter at their facility so they will always have a way to call 911.
– Register as a bone marrow donor
- Register with the National Marrow Donor Program by going to bethematch.org and following the directions there. If you are between 18 and 44 years old and in general good health, we hope you will register. We will have volunteers available at the event to answer questions and help with registration as needed.
- Over 12,000 patients a year need an unrelated bone marrow transplant, but thousands will not find a match.
- Most people find a match from a donor of the same heritage, so it is important for healthy people of all backgrounds between 18 and 44 years old to register.
- Bone marrow transplant is the only hope of a cure for many patients with blood diseases such as leukemia, aplastic anemia, and other immune system disorders.