Every child deserves a magical holiday season, so Basin Electric employees turned out in big numbers to help make that a reality.
Basin Electric employees in North Dakota and Wyoming donated presents for 227 underprivileged children through Basin Electric’s Sharing Tree and Angel Tree Programs. Trees were located in the Headquarters lobby; the J&L Building’s (located across the street from Headquarters) large cafeteria; Dry Fork Station near Gillette, WY; Laramie River Station near Wheatland, WY; and Dakota Gasification Company’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, ND. Look back at blog posts from the past two weeks to see more details from those locations.
The trees included tags designated for a specific child in a needy family, and Basin Electric employees grabbed those tags to help brighten Christmas for those families.
At Headquarters and J&L, the Sharing Tree tags benefited children throughout the Bismarck and Mandan area by way of Social Services, United Way and Welcome House. Through the Sharing Tree program at Headquarters and J&L, 104 children received gifts this year – with many receiving more than one.
Kendra Casavant, Jen Duletski and Deb Noyes picked up presents for Burleigh and Morton County Social Services on Dec. 12. The presents were going to children who are currently in foster care, or at risk of being put in foster care.
“These will brighten the holidays,” Casavant says. “A lot of the families we work with are lower-income, and those are the families who can’t afford Christmas for their children.”
Morton County Social Services just recently separated from Burleigh County, Casavant says, and Basin Electric’s presents were the Morton County’s first agency donation this Christmas.
The agency is also seeking people willing to host foster children. Anyone interested can call 701-222-6622 in Burleigh County and 701-667-3395 in Morton County.
Also on Dec. 12, Ted Cash, Basin Electric manager of media support services and Missouri Slope Areawide (MSA) United Way board vice president, and Sharing Tree coordinator Jennifer Holen, Basin Electric event planner and charitable giving coordinator, delivered a vehicle full of presents to MSA United Way in Bismarck, ND.
The MSA United Way serves a 10-county region of central North Dakota. The agency’s relationship with 31 nonprofit agencies, local schools and business leaders enables them to identify community needs target local communities’ most serious problems and focus on the underlying causes.
Santa, played by Paul Levchak, husband of Basin Electric Senior Staff Counsel Deborah Levchak, and Holen teamed up to deliver presents to the Welcome House shelter Dec. 16 in Mandan, ND. Welcome House is a faith-based agency that serves homeless families, filling a gap in the community for people who would not otherwise receive shelter.
Some parents served by the Welcome House aren’t able to provide the Christmas they want to provide for their children, says Allett Lykins, Welcome House case manager.
“So many of these parents are struggling to just get to work,” Lykins says. “It brought tears to some of their eyes when they knew they would get help with presents for their kids. It makes Christmas better for the kids and takes pressure off of the parents.”