While commerce in the Keweenaw is getting back on its feet, many area businessmen and women have put their own needs and worries aside to help their fellow neighbors.
Some are doing so by temporarily reassigning their business goals, and donating inventory.
Area motels have been allocating their vacant rooms to those who have come to help and other business have joined the effort even before the waters cleared.
With five area storage facilities, manager, Leianne Milison has donated all vacant units to residents who need a safe place to keep their belongings while their homes undergo cleaning and repair over the next month.
“We were giving away boxes, storage room, water—anything that we could basically do to help the community out,” said Milison. “It is 30 days, but we know that sometimes in certain circumstances it might be a little bit more than that so we’re trying to work with people to make sure that everybody gets taken care of.”
Although those vacant units have filled up quickly, her and her associates are still giving away other items that will help many in the area.
Milison said, “We still have a lot of water and we still have boxes, so if anybody certainly needs anything, we’re still here to help.”
While Leianne and her crew are going above and beyond, she also says that U-Haul’s involvement in these situations goes far beyond the local team. One of her own employees lost some appliances when her basement flooded and assistance came from the corporate level, who is providing the funds to replace them.