This year has been incredibly different and difficult for many families. Unfortunately, for some, this year has fundamentally changed their lives (not necessarily for the better in the short term). Right now, giving back to the community is more important than ever. Millions of people have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 concerns. Companies all over Milwaukee have shut their doors, and more and more families find themselves in desperate need of aid. Milwaukee is a strong city with even stronger people. This year, Brew City Marketing has made an extra effort to support our beautiful, vibrant community. Over the last few months, we’ve hosted jacket-donation and book-donation drives. We’ve also hosted food drives and have donated time and resources to other charitable causes. For this holiday season, we chose to volunteer at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

What is the Milwaukee Rescue Mission?

The Milwaukee Rescue Mission (MRM) provides a variety of services to those in need. On a regular basis, the MRM serves underprivileged folks with hot and healthy meals. In fact, they donate 304,000 meals and 72,000 articles of clothing to those in dire need every year. Additionally, the MRM gives homeless children excellent education opportunities. These programs provide each student with a broad base of knowledge and skills, which places them in a better position to succeed as they grow into young adults. Overall, the MRM is committed to serving those in our community who need the most help. Their mission is as noble as it is effective, so it was a pleasure to work with them. 

During these trying times, it is completely understandable that not everyone can donate money. And, due to COVID-19, volunteering in-person might not be an option for you. Regardless of your circumstance, it’s incredibly important to think about those who are not as fortunate as ourselves. Charitable giving is as heartwarming as it is life-changing. So, if you’re thinking about giving back to your community, consider looking through their website for more information about volunteer work and donation opportunities.

How Did Brew City Marketing Lend a Helping Hand?

The team at Brew City Marketing arrived at the MRM facility on Tuesday with a mission. We wanted to help make families’ Christmas memorable! So we rolled up our sleeves, put on our masks, and went to town. After we went through our COVID screening process, we were led to a room filled with Christmas presents. That’s not all, though: there were boxes upon boxes of blankets, thermal socks, winter hats, and bundles of necessities for families of all sizes. Every toy, every blanket, and every piece of winter clothing was donated by an individual from the community. It’s not every day that you get to see how generous the community is (in a tangible way). The whole team was blown away by the display of kindness—it was truly an amazing experience.

After our host gave us the rundown, our team split off into pairs and put together Christmas packages. Each pair received a handful of lists that gave us information about a specific family. We then picked out presents for the kids, winter clothes for the parents, and an extra gift for mom! We then wrapped each of the presents (some of us were better at wrapping presents than others!) and set them aside for delivery. At the end of the day, we collectively made packages for over fifteen families. We left feeling wonderful about our volunteer work, and we are grateful to have had a hand in making someone’s Christmas a bit more merry. Giving back to the community is something we love to do, but this outing was really special.

How Can I Help Contribute to My Community?

If this story has given you a bit more holiday cheer, and if you’re thinking about donating time or funds to a great cause, there are many ways to volunteer at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. The holidays are great, but this year’s holiday season is one like no other. If you are able to contribute in any way, now is the time to do so. Giving back to your community enriches everyone’s life, and it’s what keeps Milwaukee strong. So consider volunteering your time and energy for a beautiful cause—you won’t regret it!    

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