TOMAHAWK - Friends normally get together and catch up during the holidays.
But three friends in Tomahawk wanted to do more.
They took on the challenge of making Christmas extra special for those in need.
"I like doing things for people because there's a lot of people that don't have anything. Some of us have more than other people. And I think it's a nice thing." said Tomahawk resident, Christine Mikles.
Tomahawk community members hope to make life a little easier for people struggling during the holiday season.
"I think it's a wonderful thing that this town does for the food pantry because there's so many people without anything," Mikles said.
"If we can help somebody, that's a wonderful thing. It's the perfect season to do it."
Patty Tholl, Roxanne Consolver and Sharon Novitski are the women who represent the Three Amigas.
They came up with an idea three years ago to help out the Tomahawk Food Pantry after Thanksgiving.
"We got together and we thought, let's have a benefit. Patty here owns the Rodeo, so we have a place," said one of the Three Amigas, Roxanne Consolver.
"All the trees are decorated on the deck so what an awesome background and backdrop. Then the three of us just decided, well, let's have a raffle. Let's see if we can get a few donations."
They got more than a few donations.
They raised $1,600 in cash, food and toys for food pantry participants last year.
"I know that they are very very busy at the food pantry this time of the year. With lay-offs and now the new insurance rules and that type of thing, people are finding a little bit more hardship this year than in previous years," Consolver said.
"So we're hoping that whatever we do here will lessen that hardship and everyone can have a really Merry Christmas."
And to be sure people have a Merry Christmas; they're giving each family a tree.
That's thanks to the North Country Riders and community members.
"What they do basically is they donate all the trees. We print up a coupon. Everybody pretty much adopts a tree. Then the coupons are delivered to the food pantry," Tomahawk Food Pantry full-time volunteer, Amber Anderson said.
"Throughout this month families that need at tree will be given a coupon. They can come here and pick any of the trees they want." Anderson said.
"We all need help. There isn't one amongst us that doesn't need help. We live in a very unique community in that respect. People here like to help each other." said Anderson.
Saturday wasn't the only time to give back.
You can drop off toys or donations at the Rodeo Saloon in Tomahawk anytime this month.
MINOCQUA - By the time most of us finish breakfast, we already start planning what to eat for lunch.
For some kids all around the world, that next meal sometimes never comes.
The Food for Kidz Minocqua committee will lend a helping hand to change that Saturday morning.
Lakeland Union High School's common area will transform into a full-blown assembly line.
Food for Kidz volunteers will pour and pack ingredients into plastic bags.
The goal is 175,000 packed meals.
Food for Kidz needs more volunteers by tomorrow to meet that goal.
"If you haven't experienced this, come out and try it and you'll go away with just a great feeling," said Food for Kidz co-chair John Breiten.
Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to walk in to volunteer.
The food packages will be shipped off to anywhere from Honduras to Mozambique.
Some special meals will be set aside and sent to local communities in the Northwoods.
"It's just a great, fun community event. I think the kids especially take something away that they are giving beyond themselves," said Food for Kidz sponsor and Lakeland Union High School Spanish teacher Karen Roerich.
Walk-in volunteers are welcome to attend either packing shift tomorrow morning.
The first shift is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The second shift is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
If you can't make it out to Lakeland Union High School Saturday, donations are always welcome.
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