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When Ringwood resident Joel Huff saw the way people reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic, he was overcome with one thought: Quell the panic.
Huff and his wife, Ashley, decided they would do what they could to help others.
“People were hoarding, fighting over toilet paper, people couldn’t find things for their babies,” Huff said. “We have plenty of stuff. If people need stuff, we can help, turn the tide of the panic.”
Huff, who owns Good Family Tattoo in Antioch, set up a trailer – the Donation Station – as a pop-up on his property with canned goods, water, baby supplies, toilet paper and other items with a sign: “Take what you need. Leave what you can.”
It even has a refrigerator with frozen meat and lunch meat.
Others soon joined in. Huff received donations of various items and cash that he used to help those in need during these difficult times. Huff started a GoFundMe page where people can donate money to help others. Two friends, Cindy Kilmer in Round Lake Heights and Jennifer Haras in Wheatland, Wisconsin, also have similar trailers at their homes.
“It’s the community doing it now,” Huff said. “I want to set the tone: Let’s take care of other people. I want people to know they can get help.”
Huff said he does charity work every year through his shop, which is closed under the stay-at-home order from the state.
Spring Grove resident Betty Witte drove past Huff’s house Friday and was moved by his actions. She took pictures and emailed them to the Northwest Herald with a news tip.
“These homeowners are doing so much in these trying times,” Witte said. “I thought they should be commended.”
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