Positively Northland: Chalk Your Walk for Craig

Updated: July 17, 2020 01:21 PM

Over 100 rounds of chemotherapy, and five years of battling cancer -- Craig Holgate still makes it a priority to be with his listeners as they start their day.

"To me, the listeners are my radio family," says Holgate, a Radio DJ on WXTB. "Despite al the things I've been through, I come to work every day. Because coming in and getting ready for their day is kind of like therapy for me."

To keep his spirits high, a couple of his loyal listeners said, "Hey, let's brighten his day instead!" So they started a 'Chalk Your Walk for Craig' Facebook page. And he's still feeling the love.

"A lot of people jumped on board. From the Northland to the St. Cloud area, people were participating. It's been very fun to watch."

He's still doing treatments at home -- keep on fightin', Craig. We're all rooting for ya!

Of the thousands of homemade masks that you've sewn together since the pandemic started, they're still being put to use!

“We at Essentia are so grateful to the Northland for providing all of those cloth masks that you guys made for us in our need," says Dr. Andrea Boehland, Emergency Medicine Physician at Essentia Health. “I think this is a nice way for essential to say thanks for the support you gave when we really needed masks. Now community, you really need masks, here are some from us to you.”

14,000 masks were donated to Northland organizations this week from Essentia, 10,000 of them going to Second Harvest, in a time when they're needed more than ever.

“In the early days of COVID when masks were really hard to find," says Shaye Moris, Executive Director at Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. "So we scrambled to find whatever we could. To have an abundance now, makes us feel comfortable going into the latter part of what could happen with COVID, that we’ll be protected, our participants will be protected and those who help provide our service."

Some of the many ways we're staying Positively Northland, and keeping our neighbors safe...one donation at a time.

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