OGDEN -- A check for $213.88 was recently presented to Dalyn Erickson-Marthaler, director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, during a "Faith Hike" of Elim Lutheran Church.
The money was raised by children in Elim's recent Vacation Bible School, which enrolls students from preschool through sixth grade, with teens in higher grades serving as helpers. One of the perks of being a helper is to select the charity to be supported each year, according to a church news release.
For the last three years, the VBS has supported the ELCA Malaria Initiative, but this year, teen helpers voted to raise money for the WRCNU, which is rehabilitating the beavers injured by the Willard Bay diesel spill. A plush animal, Bucky the Beaver, was chosen as the mascot for VBS and presided over donations during closing worship each of the six days of VBS.
"You could tell by the number of pennies that piggy banks were raided," said Pastor DanaLee Simon.
The children also raised money by singing for their parents at the closing celebration of FBS and for Elim's members during Elim's 125th Anniversary Picnic and by accepting donations to "Save the Beavers."