STEVENS POINT - Volunteers in Stevens Point hope to pack 100,000 meals this weekend for kids in need across the globe.
Friday and Saturday, nearly 500 people will pour into an empty airplane hangar at the Stevens Point airport for the Feed my Starving Children mobile packing event.
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point senior Christian Kamrath helped recruit volunteers for the event through UWSP's Health Care Organization.
He says it's a rewarding experience and he loves coming back every year.
"I could be at home sitting on the couch watching TV but instead we're changing lives," said Kamrath. "You see not only the new members that say this is my first time, but it's so cool to see all the people who say this is my second, third time."
In two-hour shifts throughout the day, volunteers filled meal packs with rice, soy, dried vegetables and mineral powder. The packs will ultimately be shipped to over 70 countries around the world. Each pack holds six meals and costs as little as 88 cents to produce.
"The volunteer aspect is important to us as an organization," said Maddy Mowrey with Feed my Starving Children. "It's important for us to be able to work with the community and encourage their spirits as well as feed hungry bodies."
The organization is still aiming meet its more than $26,000 fundraising goal.
To donate to Feed My Starving Children, visit the following website.
WAUSAU - When the snow melts, it has to go somewhere. That has "National Weather Service" meteorologists and dam operators concerned.
"Last year was actually the wettest year on record for us and the data we got going back to 1890," said Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company Vice President of Operations Peter Hansen. "So we knew that this winter that we got quite a bite of snow would be a concern in the spring."
The Northwoods hasn't hit that melting phase yet, but officials are paying close attention.
RHINELANDER - People love rewarding their pets with treats. However, local animal experts warn too much of this kind of praise can actually be a bad thing.
Americans spent more money on their pets in 2018 than any previous year, at more than $72 billion. Doctor Alison French from French's Homestead Veterinary in Rhinelander said medical costs only take up a small portion of that sum.
"Most of it is probably in food and treats and toys," said French. "Medical bills, if you look at the breakdowns, don't seem to be the highest."
Feeding your pets too much can lead to some serious health risks.
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