Community Update – Holiday Open House & The Season of Giving

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Holiday Open House Invite

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This Thursday, December 18, members of the public are invited to join in celebrating the holidays at our first City Hall Holiday Open House from 4:30-6:30PM.  The open house is meant to serve multiple purposes- to celebrate and recognize those who have served on various Boards, Commissions, Committees and Councils, and to meet and get to know City Staff and various members of our community.

To prepare City Hall for the event, area students have worked on decorating ornaments that will be placed on garland trees located throughout the first floor of City Hall.  There will be holiday music performed by a local choir.  Holiday cookies from local businesses and refreshments will be served  Finally, donations of nonperishable, canned goods will be accepted, to support our local food bank.  The invitation can be viewed here.  I hope to see you Thursday!

Supporting Local Organizations

During this time of year, I would like to offer my profound gratitude to those who volunteer to ensure that those in need are provided for.  In our community, there are numerous opportunities for those interested in helping support local organizations and individuals in need.  I will outline a few below:

The Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department is holding its 48th Annual Toy and Gift Drive to provide toydrive
assistance to the many children in need in our community.  Through Wednesday, December 17, new/gently used unwrapped toys or monetary donations are being collected for distribution by social workers and counselors at Wisconsin Rapids Schools to our community’s children in need over the holidays.  Donations for the program can be dropped off at either fire station (1511 12th S. S. or 1641 W. Grand Ave.).  More information about the program can be found by visiting this link.

giftofgivingIn the weeks leading up to Christmas, various local businesses are offering the opportunity to positively influence and impact the youth of our community this holiday season, supporting the Boys & Girls Club through “Giving the Gift of a Great Future.”  Through Friday, December 19, a portion of purchases at several local businesses will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club in supporting programming for our community’s youth.  To learn more about the “Giving the Gift of a Great Future” campaign and participating businesses, visit this link.

Wisconsin Rapids area schools are helping keep kids warm through the “Caring Closet” program- collecting coats, boots, winter gloves and hats for distribution to students who need outer clothing during the cold months.  Originally opened several years in the basement of the Family Center as an effort to provide new and gently used essentials and clothing to WRPS students, the Caring Closet is now located on site at East Junior High School.  With 47% of school age children in our community now qualifying for free and reduced lunch meals, it is very clear that many children need assistance in order to enjoy a happy holiday season.  A small gift can go a long way in the life of a child and make their Christmas enjoyable and memorable.  Donations for the Caring Closet can be dropped off at either fire station (1511 12th S. S. or 1641 W. Grand Ave.) or at our local area schools.  For more information on Caring Closet or to make a donation directly, call 715-424-6730, ext. 3174.

I am thankful to live in a community where we have so many residents who volunteer their time to make wonderful things happen in our City. The impact that your help makes on those in need and our community is immeasurable.  To all our volunteers- thank you for your time and commitment- you make our city great!

Thank you for reading,

Mayor Zach Vruwink

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