Many people say they are going through tough times right now. Some area food pantries say donations are down this year. One Wausau woman says when she heard that news she wanted to do something about it.
"I felt really helpless," said Kayt Kennedy, who organized the food drive. "There are all these people who are hungry, [and] nothing's expected to happen until the holidays."
"Hungry people don't want to wait until the holidays to eat," Kennedy said, who told how she felt a compulsion to help that she cannot explain.
Kennedy rented a U-Haul and sent flyers to churches in the area, asking for help from anyone who was willing. Since then, volunteers have been helping her collect food and box up donations.
"I've done a lot of stuff like this and it's really fun," said 11-year-old Neal Stahl, giving up his Saturday to help box donations. "You get to meet people you never knew before, and it just brings people closer together." Stahl and his family had just moved here from Iowa.
The volunteers say they thought it was only fitting to do this on Make a Difference Day. The say after the U-Haul truck is "stuffed", they will deliver everything to three local food pantries: the Neighbor's Place, the Salvation Army and the Women's Community.