Updated: January 26, 2021 05:45 PM
Created: January 23, 2021 12:38 PM
Marty and Dawn Chinander are used to the ups and downs of tourism. "We've owned Stony Ridge Resort for 21 years now," they shared over FaceTime recently.
They are tucked on Shagawa Lake in Ely.
"The majority of us have to make a living five months out of the year. And that has to sustain us for the other seven months. COVID cut that down to three months, and it's a pinch on everybody," Marty said.
That pinch lead to hunger pangs. So in December, they decided to offer free meals to those who need them.
"We've been blessed so much over the years. So many people are struggling. So we decided to help others, as we've been helped," Dawn added.
Marty explained that they don't have a lot money as resorts owners. "But one thing we do have is food, and we can share that with others."
On Facebook and the local newspaper, they let everyone know the burgers and fries are available. People call and provide an address and phone number. Names are not required.
"We understand the challenge and acknowledge how hard it is to ask for help. We've been there. We try and make it as easy as possible for them," Marty said.
Dawn has delivered over 150 meals so far. And each week, there are more and more requests. And more support to keep this going.
"The town has been amazing. Some people insist on contributing. They buy a burger, and then they buy someone else one as well. It's amazing to see people open their hearts," Marty shared.
The Chinanders aren't doing this for a pat on the back. They are motivated by something much bigger. "It's all about our faith. God put it on our hearts. That's our faith. We give him all the glory. We want none," Marty said.
If you need a meal, the number at Stony Ridge is: 218-235-9441
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