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Hundreds of families receive holiday food

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WESTON (WAOW) - Hundreds of area families now have food for the holidays, all thanks to a Weston company and many volunteers.

Ten tons of food was packed up by sixty volunteers Sunday morning.

"There's a ham, potatoes, fresh oranges from Florida, there's the dry goods," said Craig Kersemeier, president of K-tech Kleening. "Every year, it's business friends, family, everybody gets involved with it," said Kersemeir.

Volunteer teams spent three hours delivering the gifts to area families.

"I enjoy seeing the surprised faces. People are really happy to receive this gift of food for the holidays," said Peter Hintz, a volunteer from Ringle.

The goal of the event was to help put holiday meals on dinner tables for families.

"Now we'll have a ham to cook for Christmas and then there's the peanuts that come with it, and everybody loves peanuts," said Sanja Ermeling, a Wausau resident who received a holiday food basket.

Kersemeier said K-tech Kleening has been gifting the baskets for twelve years.

"Even though we're in a great community, the Wausau area, there's a lot of people that don't have the simple things of having food on the table. There's people that are homeless and things. So you're making a difference. For one person to think what they can do, what you can do as a collective group is just terrific," said Kersemeier.

This is the first year father and son team, Peter and Alex Hintz, have volunteered.

"To help out, help people for the holidays. To give a little bit back," said Peter Hintz.

They delivered holiday food baskets all over town, including one to Amber Evans.

"It was a surprise. I was not expecting that at all. I was like 'Oh, ok. Thank you," said Evans.

She said the gift will make it easier to celebrate the holidays.

"I've just been going through a lot, in a out of the hospital. So yeah, it brightened my day. Made my day," said Evans.

This day was a little brighter for those giving, too.

"It's a cold day, but we're warm doing this," said Hintz.

Organizers said they delivered holiday food baskets to more than 260 families.


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