The National Guard partners with a non-profit in Stevens Point to deliver supplies to Nicaragua

Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 5:46 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - On Monday, 40 pallets of supplies collected by the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas were picked up by the Wisconsin National Guard to deliver to Nicaragua. It’s 12 months of work, But it’s paying off.

“It’s taken a lot of time to get to where it is today,” Nicaragua Partners of the Americas executive director Amy Wiza said.

“It makes me feel like it’s worthwhile”

Pallets filled the warehouse to the roof. COVID-19 may have limit the amount of people in a group, but it’s not stopping the work.

“We’re not doing them in large groups, but that doesn’t mean we’re stopping our mission,” Wiza said

The materials are only materials that are still in “good” condition, collected from partners with schools, fire departments, and other organizations.

It’s an assortment of items sorted by volunteers all over Wisconsin, and stored in this warehouse, owned by Wiza’s 87-year old dad.

“I think that’s the secret to their longevity, they’re not just sitting on the couch watching TV. They are out doing something and doing good things for other people,” Wiza explained.

He loads the pallets onto a truck of the National Guard, which is using this as a training experience for young soldiers. It was around 20 soldiers there to help with the mission

“This is a great opportunity for us to get out and get some driving mileage for our soliders,” Lieutenant Andrew Gartner of the National Guard said.

They loaded up the supplies onto the trailers, which will transport them to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport to fly to Nicaragua. The transportation process to Minneapolis will take a day.

It’s a partnership that benefits many, and will create a lasting impact.

If you would like to donate, you can go to their website for more information

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