Two-days before Christmas, 400 holiday baskets filled with turkey, cranberry, stuffing, and pie were given to elders on the Wind River Reservation.
The snow falling on the Wind River Reservation did not stop a group of community members from delivering the holiday baskets. Stephen Fasthorse helped organize the event with the help of community members, the Wind River Casino and the Northern Arapaho Tribe.
“Embracing the Elders is a grassroots group that wanted to find a way to show appreciation for the elderly people on the Wind River Reservation,” Fasthorse said.
He said older tribal members often need extra help since the unemployment rate has risen to nearly 80 percent on the reservation. Embracing the Elders wants to continue the giveaway for years to come and has been developing partnerships to provide future assistance for families in need.
“To be a partner with us or volunteer with us, please get involved,” he said. “It’s a very enlightening event for us to show community.”