Laramie River Station employees make Christmas shine with Angel Tree

Salvation Army in Cheyenne, WY

Joshua Barnes, Laramie River Station, and his children Reeghan and Kylie (all on the right), make the donation to the Salvation Army. Lt. Doug and Lt. Betzy Hanson (on the left) accepted the toys on behalf of Salvation Army.

Employees at Laramie River Station near Wheatland, WY, gave back to their community in a big way.

The power plant had an Angel Tree with 84 tags from the Salvation Army: some each from Laramie county, Platte county and Goshen county. Each tag represents an underprivileged child in the area.

Salvation Army in Cheyenne, WY

Toys donated by Laramie River Station employees.

“That’s 84 children that get to have Christmas this year that would not have had one,” says Joshua Barnes, Laramie River Station mechanic/welder I.

Barnes dropped three truckloads of gifts off at the Salvation Army on Dec. 19. “They were shocked. It was the largest single donation the Cheyenne (WY) Salvation Army had ever had,” he says. “It shows how incredible IBEW #612 (the Wyoming union to which many Laramie River Station employees belong) and Basin Electric employees are. This is one of the most amazing things I have ever been a part of.”

Anthony Lucero, Laramie River Station painter/insulator/metalsmith I, delivered Angel Tree presents to Department of Family Services. “Every child in Platte County (Wyoming) who will be spending the holiday in foster care received a Christmas gift because of the kindness of Basin Electric employees,” Lucero says. “What a great way to brighten the lives of some kids who can really use it right now.”

Barnes is thanking his fellow employees with the following thought: “When you wake us Christmas morning and you are with your family, just remember that you brought joy and hope to another child that Christmas morning.”


  1. Billie Deschene says:

    Congratulations LRS employees and IBEW Local 612 members for spreading Holiday cheer to those less fortunate. I’m proud of each of you.

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