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Northlanders uplift neighbors through positive Facebook page

Emily Ness
Updated: March 19, 2020 06:45 PM

A group of Northlanders is going above and beyond to show their neighbors kindness and keep their neighbors informed in a time when many need it most. They are doing this through a Facebook page called “Northlanders in Need of Help During Corona Crisis.” On the page, people run errands, buy groceries and work to provide hope for all who are a part of it.

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24-year-old Kian Fisher was randomly added to the Facebook page. It came at a time when he needed it most.

“I didn’t have very much food, so I reached out and posted in the group,” Fisher said.

According to Fisher, a perfect stranger named Scott Rochon reached out to him and asked him for a a grocery list.

"He asked me what I wanted and made sure he got all of if and also got even more than he was supposed to," Fisher said. "He even brought his family with and they helped me bring bags in. I now have food for weeks."

Rochon is one of many administrators for the Facebook page, working to help out with the cause. He says, the page is pretty simple—people ask and people give.

“For the elderly or the immune deficient—if you guys need something, you know, here’s my number, give me a call. I can go grab it,” Rochon said.

According to Rochon, the page is especially helpful for those that are unable to get to stores or unable to afford to buy items that they need at this time. Additionally, it is helpful for elderly and disabled folks. Fisher agreed.

“I’m disabled and I’ve been working on getting SSI for the past three years, Fisher said. “I finally got a PCA where I can go out and do stuff, but now with this virus going on, it’s not possible really.”

Grocery stores too, said the page is helpful in getting the word out about supplies they have and don’t have.

“They are helping us a lot,” Tim Michalski, Manager at Super One in Superior said. “We’re trying to do the best we can and Facebook is a big thing in telling people that we do have eggs, we do have hamburger. The Northland is wonderful in that people do come together, they help each other.”

In addition to information and help, those involved say the group provides hope and positivity in a time when people need it.

“Thank you to all of the good people in the world and especially in our state right now because there’s a lot of people like me who can’t go out and bulk buy everything they need and they can’t go out and buy things that they need right now,” Fisher said. “I’ve never seen anyone turn anyone down in that group so far.”

According to the group’s Facebook page, anyone is welcome to join.

“It’s awesome to see all of that. It really warms my heart,” Rochon said.

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