A blustery afternoon on an empty lot at 1411 South Thurmond Avenue in Sheridan Thursday didn't blow away the good cheer and upbeat spirits of a group gathered to present a sizeable check to Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Big Horns.
Members of the Sheridan board of Thrivent Financial Services, along with Habitat personnel and a happy soon-to-be homeowner were present as Thrivent bestowed Habitat with a gift of $91,000.
Craig Burns and his two sons will be living in the home. Originally from Buffalo, Burns runs the Contractor Assistance Desk at Sheridan's Home Depot, and has lived in Sheridan for nine years. He explains how he came to secure a Habitat home.
Shelley Born is a financial representative with Thrivent in Sheridan. She outlines how the $91,000 will be applied to Burns' new house.
Born says that the partnership with Habitat through the Thrivent Builds Program began in 2005. Initially intended as a four-year effort, it has been so successful that the initiative was extended and is now in its sixth year.
Thrivent Financial is the nation's largest fraternal benefit society, and over $3 million is given annually from the organization.