Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Group provides free gift wrapping to help people during holiday seasonSubmitted: 12/18/2013
Story By Lauren Stephenson

Group provides free gift wrapping to help people during holiday season
RHINELANDER - Holiday shoppers can now feel the time crunch...there are only 7 days until Christmas.

But you can save yourself some time and help the community by letting some people in town wrap your gifts for you.

Members of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program in Rhinelander will wrap your gifts for free.

They look forward to the opportunity to give back to the community.

The group decided to do the free gift wrapping project because it knew it would help people during a stressful time.

"It's around the holidays and a lot of people don't have time to do it because everybody now has families, and little kids and it's really hard to actually make time to do that," said WIA Youth Program member Elisa Kurth.

Even though the wrapping is free, the group hopes you'll make a donation.

Donations will go to the Oneida County Humane Society and the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.

"I just think it's a great way for youth to get into the community, get to know the community, and feel like they're doing something for the community," Kurth added.

You can get your gifts wrapped on Friday, December 20th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Northern Advantage Job Center on North Brown Street in Rhinelander.

The limit is 5 gifts per person.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

ONEIDA COUNTY - Cars in ditches and fender benders littered Northwoods roads this weekend.

Icy conditions meant many drivers lost traction.

Tow truck operators have been working around the clock to help people who crashed or spun off the road.
 
"You eat dinner when you can, you don't know how long you're going to be out. I mean us guys can do 12, 18 hour days. It gets a little tough sometimes," said tow truck operator Sean Hobena. 

Hobena got six calls Monday, which he said is mild compared to previous days. He covers areas in Oneida, Vilas, and Price counties. 

He advises drivers to be careful when driving.

+ Read More

Play Video

WAUSAU - Severe flu cases don't seem as common here in Northern Wisconsin as other places across the country.

But that could easily change and hospitals here are prepared if it does. 

Infection Control Manager Jeanine Bresnahan says the number of hospitalized flu patients has increased at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in the last two weeks. 

They're not seeing the high number of patients some other hospitals across the nation are, but they do have a plan in place just in case. 

+ Read More

Play Video

MOLE LAKE - You don't find too many people hanging around the Lake George boat launch in mid-January, but Rollie Woltjen wants to see plenty of his workers there all summer long.

"It's so important for us to have those people at the landing," Woltjen said.

The Rhinelander-area lake association president has had a home on Lake George since the late 1980s, but only lately has the fight to stop aquatic invasive species been top of mind.  Woltjen and Scott Campbell work hard to find people to check boats for AIS and keep Lake George clear of eurasian watermilfoil.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - One Merrill art teacher spends her weekends painting a giant Bucky the Badger statue inside her classroom.

She was chosen to participate in a free public art event featuring 100 life-size statues of Bucky.

"Right now he's six foot six inches and he weighs about 150 pounds," said Merrill Middle School art teacher Christy Rasmussen.

Rasmussen will help make this Spring's "Bucky on Parade" free public outdoor art event a success.
"It's a tourism draw for people," said Rasmussen.

The parade will consist of 100 giant Buckys hitting the streets of Madison and Dane County this spring all decorated by Wisconsin artists.

"Being an art teacher I thought how fun it would be for my kids to be involved," said Rasmussen.

"I was like what is that," said one of Rasmussen's students, Hailey Nowack.

+ Read More

LAKE TOMAHAWK - Not everyone enjoys the sub-zero temperatures we've seen across the Northwoods recently.

But for ice fishermen, that means better ice conditions.

+ Read More

Play Video

ANTIGO - Usually people just throw out Christmas trees after the holiday season. But in Antigo, people burn some of them.

Dozens gathered at Antigo High School on Monday for the Christmas tree burn. It's hosted by the Antigo Optimist Club each year. Organizers say it's a great family event with years of history. 

+ Read More

Play Video

VILAS COUNTY - The Vilas County Safe Ride program completed its first month at the beginning of January. The program started on December 4. 

Vilas County Safe Ride coordinator Dan Ullsperger said the first month went well. 

"Having 15 in the first month I think is very, very successful. We're looking forward to having more in January and February. I think it will just keep growing and growing," said Ullsperger. 

He hopes to have 30 to 40 rides per month in the future. 
 
The Safe Ride program is meant to eliminate drunk drivers from the roads. A bar has to join the Vilas County tavern league. Then it can buy vouchers for the rides to hand out to customers who need a way to get home. 

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here