WAUSAU (WAOW)--The Community Center of Hope in Mosinee provides help for the needy. During the month of January, center workers say they provided food for 563 families. Compare that with one year ago, when 207 applied for help.
Anna-Lisa Hunter says her agency is seeing a growth in requests for help. "There are so many need that come in here. One woman came in and gave me hug and said she hadn't eaten in three days, so that her kids could eat."
Volunteers work to provide help for those in need. They have relied on a minivan that has nearly 312,000 miles on it and a door that falls off due to rust. That came to an end this morning.
TDS Telecommunications (which provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone service and broadband services) donated a van from the company fleet that was set to be retired.
TDS Regional Market Manager, Al Ripp said, "This was an easy decision. When I heard that they were dealing with 112,000 pounds of donated food a year and the difference they were making it was easy. "
Shortly after accepting the vehicle title, the new van left for Wausau's Salvation Army to pick up a food delivery.