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Milwaukee Times hosts first-ever 'Baskets of Hope: A Free Holiday Dinner Giveaway'

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On Saturday, December 19, 2020, The Milwaukee Times Printing and Publishing, Co. hosted its first-ever "Baskets of Hope: A Free Holiday Dinner Giveaway," at the African American Women's Center (WAAC), 3020 W. Vliet St. The Milwaukee Times was able to collect enough donations to give a free holiday dinner to 250 underserved families at the drive-thru event. In addition to the holiday meal the Times handed out COVID-19 safety kits and Santa gave out stockings with treats and goodies to the kids in the cars. The Milwaukee Times partnered with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Reid’s New Golden Gate Funeral Home, Milwaukee North Sunrise Rotary, Walmart, The African American Women’s Center, Rev.

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Dr. Donna Childs of Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, Dr. Bobbie Lathan, Dr. Sandra Millon-Underwood of UW-Milwaukee, Franciscan Peacemakers, The Green Bay Packers Give Back, My Choice Wisconsin, Kemps, North Division Athletics Hall of Fame, and The Black Excellence Awards Committee to make this event possible. The event was in honor of the Times' late founder and president Nathan Conyers(bottom right photo). Pictured above at the event are (top left photo, from left) WAAC Executive Director Josephine Hill; Black Excellence Committee member Nobie Reed; Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Events and Campaigns Manager Nicole Gosia; and Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper Publisher Lynda Jackson Conyers.

Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. hosts '5th Annual Holiday Dinner Giveaway'

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On Friday, December 18, 2020, The Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. (MHSI) hosted their "5th Annual Holiday Dinner and COVID-19 Safety Kit Giveaway," at the Issac Coggs Heritage Health Center, 8200 West Silver Spring Drive. In an effort to help feed those in need this Christmas, MHSI, MHS Health Wisconsin, Social Development Commission, Feeding America, Molina Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and All of Us provided groceries for two thousand (2,000) dinners to Milwaukee residents. Due to COVID-19, MHSI observed proper safety measures by making this a drive-up only event. Feeding America reports that nearly 520,000 Wisconsinites don’t know where their next meal is coming from. In Wisconsin, 1 in 11 people face hunger. An NCON Communications Publication

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1,500 toys delivered to youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Generosity in action was on display on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 as Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) treated 1,500 Club members with holiday gifts during their 2020 Holiday Toy Drive. Throughout the pandemic, BGCGM has been supporting Milwaukee’s youth with safe spaces, academic support, social emotional care, nutrition, and more. This time of year, however, the needs of youth in under resourced communities extend beyond academics and everyday necessities. Thanks to generous support from ALDI, We Energies Foundation, Meijer, Kohl’s, Husch Blackwell, First Weber Foundation, Kriete Group, Old National Bank, Guy and Louise Osborn, Badger Mutual Insurance, Packers safety Adrian Amos’ I’m Still Here Foundation, and various other group and individual donors in the community, BGCGM staff and volunteers delivered 1,500 wrapped gifts for kids aged 4-18 to more than 30 locations across Milwaukee. “Every child deserves to unwrap a gift at the holidays, especially this year,” said BGCGM President and CEO, Kathy Thornton-Bias. “The saying, 'it’s the thought that counts,' is true, and the gift that each of our kids received today sends a message to them that they are thought about and cared for this holiday season. They deserve to feel special, and that’s what today was all about.” Gifts were collected from companies and groups, as well as individuals such as Hales Corners native and current Madison resident Nathan DuPont who, for the third year in a row, organized his own “Holiday Joy Drive.” This year, Nathan raised enough money to support BGCGM’s Toy Drive with nearly 400 gifts. “I wanted to offer people an easy outlet to both give back and see how individual acts of charity can combine to create something that makes a real difference,” said DuPont. Homestead High School student McKenna Marotta held a toy drive as well, single-handedly collecting and wrapping more than 130 gifts for Boys & Girls Club members. Although holiday celebrations have been modified to adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines, Club members will open their gifts during holiday parties within their small groups over the next several days. Donors shopped BGCGM’s Amazon Wishlist, as well as a shop local wish list of items from small businesses in Milwaukee. Wrapping supplies and holiday decorations were also donated. Volunteers and BGCGM staff spent more than 170 hours wrapping and preparing the gifts before visiting Clubs to deliver the gifts to hundreds of youth.

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A holiday season gutted by the pandemic: we're trying to 'celebrate and grieve at the same time' By: Frannie Carr Toth and Cloe Axelson

this will likely depend on how many cases we are getting and how much help is needed in the hospital. — Abraar Karan, M.D., Boston, Mass.

The poet Mary Oliver said, “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” That seems just right for this holiday season. -- Cloe and Frannie

sis on the external aspects of the holidays (e.g., what we post on social media, how many party invitations we get, how many holiday cards decorate our fireplace mantel, gifts-gifts-gifts, etc.) and less How this year will look on the internal (e.g., our family different bond, our stories, our traditions). How do you celebrate and grieve — Jenn DeLeon, Southborat the same time? That’s what I ough, Mass. was thinking as I prepared for Thanksgiving, 2020. I love gath- Who needs turkey anyway? ering around a table with friends We held a family vote and and family. Unlike many I’ve agreed that we don't even like turtalked to, who said Thanksgiving key, so we're going to fry chicken is canceled this year, I celebrated. instead. I’m so thankful that the This is one of my favorite hol- six of us actually like each other. idays because it focuses on food We'll have fun frying chicken and and not commerce. Every year as baking cookies and starting to get my kitchen fills with the seduc- ready for Christmas. I have some tive scent of butter, garlic and ideas about things we can drop off a roasting bird, I love thinking for our neighbors and mail some about how many cooks are in their friends that will require advance kitchens creating some variation planning. We love a family projof the same meal ... The toughest ect, so we will make that happen. part of the day will be the emp- -- KJ Dell’Antonia, Lyme, ty chairs at my table. Both my New Hampshire daughters live on the West Coast and won’t make it home. It’s been Reasons to be grateful over nine months since I’ve seen I'm grateful for my loved ones' them. We will Zoom later in the health, for the imminent end of a day, compare notes about our hate-filled era, and for the knowlmeal, toast our new president and edge that we are resourceful and vice president. There is no doubt resilient enough to forge a new sort I will need a box of tissues near- of togetherness. — Julie Wittes by. — Kathy Gunst, Maine Schlack, Cambridge, Mass.

How we are feeling I'm nervous heading into this holiday season. I remember what April in the Northeast was like as a frontline doctor treating COVID-19 patients. I don't want to see that happen again. As of now, I will be off during Christmas and New Years', but

I am trying to think of the holidays as regular days, to be honest. It helps take the pressure off having to capital “C” celebrate(!) them. To be really-really honest, I am kind of looking forward to being low-key about the holiday season this year. I often feel that our society puts too much empha-

We recently marked a new grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic: more then a quarter of a million Americans are dead, and the virus is raging. News of two vaccines offer hope, but even on an accelerated schedule, life as we knew it, according to the experts, is still a year away. These are dark times and we’re headed straight into a COVID winter. Clearly, the 2020 holiday season will be unlike any other in modern history. The Centers for Disease Control is strongly recommending that people not travel for Christmas. Public health experts say that the safest, most prudent approach to the holidays this year is to stay home. To be “all in this thing together” means we must stay apart.

People are finding all sorts of ways to connect, celebrate and reflect. There will be lots of dinners over Zoom, but also many small gatherings outdoors, around fire pits and on porches beneath heated lamps. Your responses tell us that you are taking the dangers of the pandemic seriously. You are planning to make big sacrifices, at great personal cost, to keep yourselves and your communities safe.

If you can’t hold your loved ones close this year, we hope you’ll find some hope and connection below. Take heart in the vivid descriptions of food (so many of you are relieved not to be eating turkey!), the gratitude for simple things and the inventive ways we are all finding our way through.

I have been making masks throughout this time, and am thankful to all the people who have helped me distribute more than 1,400 of them. — Nancy Kelly, Lowell, Mass.

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But this much separation from one another is hard. A century ago, the world After nearly nine months, was struggling through anpandemic fatigue is real. other pandemic. The second wave of the 1918 flu We wanted to know how was much more powerful people are coping, so we than the first. It, too, spiked asked our readers and con- in the fall and winter. More tributors to tell us how than 675,000 Americans died they’re planning to navigate during that public health crithe holiday season this year. sis, more than a quarter of There was nothing scientific those deaths just in October. about this venture, but the Maybe the things that are responses we received were important to us now aren’t heartfelt and affirming. so different from what held

people up then.

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Milwaukee Fire Department announces new Deputy Chief Sharon Purifoy The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) is proud and excited to introduce one of the newest Command Staff members, Deputy Chief Sharon Purifoy. A 17-year veteran of the MFD, Chief Purifoy is eminently qualified to fill this role, leveraging her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Administration and her experience in numerous pivotal leadership roles. Her promotion to the rank of Deputy Chief was effective December 13, 2020.

A registered paramedic since 2012, Deputy Chief Purifoy is ideally suited to lead the department’s Emergency Medical Services Division – this posting carries tremendous responsibility, particularly as the MFD plays a key role in the City’s COVID-19 response. In addition to her numerous field assignments in firefighting and EMS companies, Deputy Chief Purifoy has served in the roles of Fire Cadet Instructor, Director of the Survive Alive House, and Director of Recruitment. Further

commitment as demonstrated through her active participation on the MFD’s Strategic Planning Committee is also noteworthy. In addition to her professional achievements, Purifoy’s promotion to the position is a true cause for celebration as she is the Milwaukee Fire Department’s first African American female promoted to the position of Deputy Chief. Her commitment to recruiting and mentoring young firefighters, supporting them as

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they progress through their own careers will be maximized as she demonstrates to other City of Milwaukee women of color that not only are they welcome on the MFD, but that they too can promote and lead the organization. On November 8, 2018, Purifoy was on the first all-female engine company – she is a true trailblazer.

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Living your best life: Let’s get active By: Sandra MillonUnderwood, FAAN, Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing More than 36 years ago, Valley Hollins received a wake up call that changed her life forever, and she hasn’t looked back since. An annual physical showed that she had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and was borderline diabetic. After reviewing her tests, Hollins’ doctor gave her a choice—at the age of 30 she could look forward to a lifetime of taking medications, or she could make lifestyle changes. Hollins made lifestyle changes and has become a walking, talking commercial for the merits of healthy living. After researching various diet options, Hollins knew that dieting was not the best choice because studies show that dieting, without lifestyle change, often results in the weight returning. Instead, she opted for a lifestyle change. She started making healthier food choices, cut out red meats, carbs, and refined sugar, and started walking every day. “My health became better and I have continued this lifestyle for 36 years. I have no issues with hypertension (high blood pressure), cholesterol and I’m not pre-diabetic. I’m also at a healthy weight for my age and height. I was also having problems with my knees and as the weight started coming off, I experienced less pressure on my knees. It has been an overall change for the better and I’ve never looked back,” she said. Hollins’ journey to a healthier lifestyle accelerated when a friend invited her to attend a Silver Sneakers class. Silver Sneakers is a program founded in the 1990’s that gives members access to gyms and fitness classes, and is a free or low-cost benefit provided by many Medicare Advantage plans. Although the program is designed for people 65 and older, membership is available to Medicare Advantage enrollees of all ages if their insurer offers it. Members have access to more than 16,000 gyms, community centers, and fitness facilities across the U.S. Silver Sneakers also provides access to exercise classes taught at recreation centers, parks, and other locations. These days, Hollins is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor. She’s been teaching at the YMCA for 11 years and she also teaches line dancing

exercises you can do before you even get out of bed, and as you sit and watch TV. If you can’t get outside, walk through your house or apartment building. And, if you are technologically savvy, there are all kinds of free exercises on the internet,” said Hollins.

Valley Hollins at the Y and at Community Baptist Church. “After I started attending a few classes, the instructor was having some health problems, so I would assist her with teaching the class. The staff eventually offered to pay for my training to become a certified instructor and I’ve been teaching ever since." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination each week. The guidelines also recommend that children and adolescents be active for at least 60 minutes every day. Following these guidelines can contribute to overall health and decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, or dia-

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betes. Walking is a great way to get the physical activity needed to obtain health benefits. Walking does not require any special skills, a gym membership or expensive equipment. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity can improve sleep, memory, and the ability to think and learn. It also reduces anxiety symptoms. Hollins wholeheartedly agrees that staying physically active doesn’t have to include gym memberships, plus people are reluctant to visit gyms during the coronavirus pandemic. “There are ways to stay active, using inexpensive items that you already have in your home. Instead of purchasing dumb bells, you can use water bottles or cans of vegetables. You can use a towel in place of a resistance band. There are simple stretching

pier, more relaxed, and less anxious. 4. Exercise boosts energy Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance.

5. Exercise promotes better sleep Benefits of physRegular physical activity can ical activity help you fall asleep faster, get (Source: MayoClinic.org ) better sleep, and deepen your 1. Exercise controls weight sleep. Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help 6. Exercise can be fun … maintain weight loss. When and social! you engage in physical ac- Exercise and physical activity tivity, you burn calories. The can be enjoyable. They give more intense the activity, the you a chance to unwind, enmore calories you burn. Any joy the outdoors or simply amount of activity is better engage in activities that make than none. Consistency is you happy. Physical activity key. can also help you connect with family or friends in a 2. Exercise combats health fun social setting. conditions and diseases No matter what your curRemember to check with rent weight is, being active your doctor before starting boosts high-density lipo- a new exercise program, esprotein (HDL) cholesterol, pecially if you have any conthe "good" cholesterol, and cerns about your fitness, havit decreases unhealthy tri- en't exercised for a long time, glycerides. Regular exercise or have chronic health probhelps prevent or manage lems, such as heart disease, many health problems and diabetes, or arthritis. concerns, including: • Stroke The Healthy Eating and Ac• Metabolic syndrome tive Living Milwaukee (HEAL) • High blood pressure is a culturally tailored program • Type 2 diabetes that aims to provide education, re• Depression sources to secure healthy foods, and • Anxiety active living supports for adults at• Many types of cancer risk for developing lifestyle-related • Arthritis diseases; and, to empower adults • Falls to make changes in their physical and social environment to improve 3. Exercise improves mood nutrition and physical activity. Physical activity stimulates ‘Like’ their Facebook page that’s various brain chemicals that full of videos of healthy recipes may leave you feeling hap- and low-cost, no-cost exercise.

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December 24, 1832 – Charter granted to the Georgia Infirmary, the first Black hospital.

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December 25, 1760 – Jupiter Hammon becomes first published Black poet with his poem, “An Evening Thought”. December 26, 1894 – Jean Toomer, author of Cane, is born. December 27, 1862 – African Methodist Episcopal Zion church founded in New Bern, North Carolina.

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