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Hunters asked to donate meat, deer hides

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Now that the gun-deer hunt has wrapped up, hunters have to decide what to do with that meat. There are several ways they can use it to make a difference.

One way is through the Wausau Elks Lodge. That group is looking for deer hides to help veterans.

"Local hunters donate the hides," said Chuck Berens, an Elks Lodge officer. "We salt and bundle them, and then they get sent down to a tannery where they're made into fingerless wheelchair gloves for disabled veterans."

A donation box is set up on Scott and 5th Streets in Wausau. Berens says so far this season, the Elks Lodge has collected about 100 hides.

"We're pretty much on par," said Berens. "It's a little bit early yet, they still keep coming in throughout the month of December."

That's not the only way the hunt can help others. The Salvation Army is waiting for hunters to donate venison.

"We use it both in our food program where we serve lunch, as well as in our food pantry where we distribute groceries to families," said Captain Brain Goodwill.

Goodwill says no donations have come in yet, but he's optimistic they will.

"It sounds like the season's been going better for the hunters, so we're hoping that some of that will come to us so that we can get it out to the families in need," said Goodwill.

And he says that will make a difference for many people this holiday season.

The Salvation Army is also looking for other types of meat. They say meat can be hard to come by, but many families need it.

For more information, or if you'd like to donate to the Salvation Army, visit http://www.sawausau.org/.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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