RHINELANDER - With temperatures as frigid as they are lately, you hope everyone has a warm roof over their heads.
When stepping outside today can take your breath away that means bundling up, wearing extra layers and staying inside to stay warm.
But for many people, that can be easier said than done.
As the temperatures plummet across the Northwoods, one local business is prepared to help those who need shelter.
Frederick Place in Rhinelander is an emergency, temporary homeless shelter.
Although they don't offer one night stays, they can help out individuals looking for shelter from the cold.
“We reach out to the area churches to the police station, those kinds of places services if you’re looking for just one night, because obviously it’s too cold to be out there,” said Tammy Modic, executive director of NATH. Frederick Place took in 200 people within the last two years.
The shelter is open to finding a place for those looking for short term shelter.
“And it is also good to know that we are available and right now we do have beds available, because a year ago if this would've happened I would've had to turn someone away even if it was this cold,” said Modic.
Staying warm in the freezing weather can also be difficult for animals.
The Oneida County Humane Society has been busy treating animals who've been exposed to the weather.
"Make sure if your dog or cat is outside, maybe bring them in to your garage, or have a house for them to go into with straw or hay that can keep them warm,” said Dane County Humane Society director Bria Swartout.
The Humane Society says they've seen a lot of animals come in with frostbite on their ears and feet.
Keeping your pet's feet protected by booties or limiting their time outdoors can prevent frostbite.
In both of these situations, it's important to note that there are places to go to be warm. -
Tibetan Monks create a sand mandala at Northcentral Technical College
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
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