December and January tend to be, on average, the coldest months of the year in Wisconsin. It's unfortunately a time that puts stress on those who are struggling the most already. Although this season will be different, there are still plenty of ways to help out your communities while being socially distant and COVID conscious. Below are some ways to help the Wild Rivers communities this winter season.
For many of us, this is not our first year in the Northwoods and we know how treacherous winter gets up here. When the snow falls, don’t let it build up! Shovel or snow blow your sidewalks for yourself and your neighbors as soon as you can. If you want to go above and beyond this winter, ask an elderly neighbor, friend or family member if you could shovel their sidewalk and brighten their day
This has been extraordinarily important this year alone, but as the winter sets in, it’s a great idea to check in on family members or friends that you have maybe lost contact with. Whether it's by wearing a mask and greeting them at their door, or giving them a phone call, chances are they will be ecstatic to hear that you are doing well, are being safe, and took the time to think of them this holiday season! It's also a great opportunity to offer help if they need additional assistance, like running to the grocery store.
In healthcare settings across the United States, donated blood is a lifesaving, essential part of caring for patients. With the pandemic amidst, it is understandable why this may make you hesitant. Don’t worry; donating blood during a pandemic has its perks! Depending on where you go to give blood, most clinics will offer a free COVID-19 test. You’ll be able to walk away knowing you helped save a life today, and that, hopefully, you are COVID free!
It can be as easy as that! Depending on your community, there is an array of volunteer opportunities available right at your fingertips. To get started, visit https://www.allforgood.org
This is probably the easiest and most helpful way to help your community members. In the Wild Rivers communities, there are several food pantries, thrift stores and nonprofits that would appreciate any donation, big or small. Have some winter jackets that your children outgrew? Donate them to your local thrift store or homeless shelter! Is your pantry overflowing? Donate some cans of soup to your local food pantry! If you have change to spare, many shelters and pantries prefer cash donations, since they are often able to purchase supplies for cheaper than you or I could. Every little bit of help is appreciated.