‘Operation Hugs’ starts in Iron County

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CRYSTAL FALLS —So many older adults in the Iron County area who live in assisted living and nursing home facilities are confined due to COVID-19. Their families and other visitors are not allowed to visit. These adults are feeling the dread of isolation and there is not much that anyone can do. This isolation is also being felt by many of the county’s youth who cannot visit their grandparents or relatives.
“Operating Hugs” is a plan sponsored by the Iron County 4-H program to involve all youth in Iron County through their individual school districts and the home-schooled children by writing or drawing. All necessary monthly supplies will be provided by the Iron County 4-H program.
Both the Crystal Falls District Community Library and the West Iron District Library will be a drop-off and/pick-up location for the homeschoolers or any adults or organizations within Iron County which may want to participate. Each library has a drop-off and/pick-up schedule.
The following Iron County facilities are currently participating in “Operating Hugs” program -- the Forest Park School District, the Iron County Medical Care Center, Victorian Heights, the Crystal Falls District Community Library, the Iron River Care Center and the West Iron District Library in Iron River.  
For more information or for those organizations that wish to participate, call Deb Divoky at 875-0093 or email her at divokyde@anr.msu.edu.