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.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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