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Donation to supply kids' safety


Allie Hurley

Billy Ward (left) and John Thompson (right) present a check from Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power to Harvey Humphrey (middle) for safety equipment for Burns youth program, Tuesday on Burns baseball field during Burns Orange versus Grover Peewee and T-ball game.

Burns Youth Program might play a little harder these next seasons thanks to a donation from Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power.

John Thompson, Billy Ward and Sharon Fain, of Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power, presented Harvey Humphrey, director of the Burns Youth Program, with a check of $3,100 during the youth baseball game, Tuesday, on Burns' baseball field.

"The city cannot express how grateful we are to Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power for their generosity," Judy Johnstone, Mayor of Burns, said.

The money received will go towards safety equipment for the youth program. Humphrey said the money will also go towards volleyball, basketball, baseball and anything else the program might look into. Some of the money will go towards the youth baseball team to purchase new chest protectors, helmets, face masks, shinguards and other items.

"Enjoy," Ward said as he handed over the cardboard check to Humphrey.

Johnstone said Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power is very generous with their programs to support the communities. Johnstone also said Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power has supported Burns in unbelievable ways including providing trees for the community. Johnstone said this donation is special because the money is for the kids.

"This is wonderful," Humphrey said.

Humphrey said some of the old baseball helmets did not have padding in them. Humphrey recently bought new white helmets with padding that the kids love, he said. Humphrey has also bought a catchers helmet with a back side as well as knee guards. The donation will make the youth program so much better all around and keep the kids safe, he said.

"It's a blessing," Humphrey said. " We just want to make sure the kids have everything they need to stay safe."

Humphrey has bought equipment from Sports Authority in Cheyenne and other places that have given discounts. Some equipment ranges from $30 to $90. Humphrey said he has received help from Burns Insurance and Wyoming Bank and Trust, as well as individual donations. The town helps with electricity and registration fees help pay for previous equipment. Humphrey said some old equipment is 20 years old. Other equipment has been replaced from time to time because the kids ware out the equipment.


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