The community came together last weekend to raise money for the Marshfield Police Department K-9 unit. Police officers, youths and community members - a cross section of ages and groups - helped make 880 pizzas in less than two hours.
Events that rely on volunteers don't always have that mix of people, but the Youth Initiatives Group have gotten behind the K-9 program.
The other unique aspect of this fundraiser is the special pizza recipe Carol Berg used for more than 30 years at Real Pizza, which closed about four years ago. This was the second time Berg dusted off her recipe and pizza-making expertise to raise money for a community project. She plans to help with another in the spring to raise money for the veterans memorial planned in the city.
The popularity of the pizzas make this an easy fundraiser, too. People who remember Berg's pizzas are willing to pay to have a taste again. It helps that the pizzas are in limited supply - there are only so many available for purchase, and they won't be around again for months. It also helps that the money is going to a good cause.
We're naturally proud of everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success.
Marshfield Middle School wrestlers helped with a recycling event last weekend.
Shoppes at Wood Ridge/Marshfield Mall and 5R Processors organized the electronic recycling event. Coaches thought it would be a good way for the wrestlers to work together as a team and give something back.
"They get their uniforms, they get their bus trips, they get all that stuff from the school district. They pay their $10 fee, but they still get all that stuff so I figured this was just a small payback," said Dan Brun, a coach for the team.
The wrestlers directed traffic and teamed up to unload heavier items.
"We're just trying to get out in the community and help," said Conner Peterson, an eighth-grade wrestler.
Workers from Brite-Way Window Cleaning were asked to cheer up children at Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital, and they willingly accepted.
Window washers Jeff Henderson, Tim Taggart and Patrick Wallin agreed to dress as Batman, Spider-Man and Captain America and rappel down the building to the children's patio earlier this week.
"We've worked with Brite-Way for a number of years," said Julie Schafer, secretary for environmental services at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital. "We're glad we've developed a relationship with them that we felt comfortable asking them to do something out of the ordinary."
"It's toward Christmas, and there's a lot of little ones in the hospital, and they aren't going to have that great of a time," said Taggart, who wore the Spider-Man costume he used for his grandson's birthday party.
The visit delighted children, their families and staff members. What a neat way to brighten the day of a child in the hospital.
Children in Loyal are embracing a neat way to give gifts and help the community. Students at Loyal Elementary School can purchase gifts for their families in a store set up on the school stage. Items cost from a quarter to $2. They are gift wrapped by volunteers. All proceeds are donated to the Loyal Community Food Pantry.
The event raised $700 last year and at least that much was expected to be raised this year. Items for sale are donated by community members.
"The community support has just been outstanding," said Ron Klein, a first-grade teacher, who brought the idea from Granton, where it has been happening for six years. "We've gotten a lot of donations this year. They just kept rolling in."
It's a great way for people to help, for children to be able to buy gifts and support the local food pantry in the process. We're naturally proud of this effort.