Heating Homes and Warming Hearts

The members of Beta Chapter happily supported their local community by chopping wood for Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly’s Upper Peninsula Chapter! The brothers were blessed with a beautiful, sunny spring day in the Upper Peninsula, encouraging us to get out there and support our local community in any way we could. With a total of 20 brothers helping out in the wood chopping event, our brothers were able to cut and stack roughly three cords of wood. This wood will be dried over the summer and used for the elderly members of our community as a heat source.

We were fortunate to be able to show up and get right to the cutting, using aces and mauls to split the wood. We used wheelbarrows to transport the wood and then stacked the wood in its corresponding area based on its size. The work took roughly two hours and we had to cycle positions regularly in order to not get too tired while cutting wood. After drying out over the summer, this wood will be transported to the elderly members of our community so that they can use it in their wood-burning stoves in order to heat their homes over the brutally cold winters that we receive in the Upper Peninsula. it is a pleasure for us to be able to assist the elderly members of the Copper Country by providing them with a heat source this winter!

By Eli Paulen, Michigan Technological University (Beta ’24)