Month five: Tripp celebrates the holidays!

Posted on December 21, 2017

Paula Jensen
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Twenty parade entries. A live nativity show. A community play, horse drawn wagon rides and a fantastic “Hometown Holiday” turn-out. All of these things were the culmination of people coming together in Tripp to bring new energy, new ideas and new growth to their rural community.

Five months ago, Bryan and Shawn Bietz launched The Tripp Action Group (TAG) after being inspired at RuralX17. Since then, the group has successfully organized a kickball tournament/fundraiser, a yard clean-up project, a grocery delivery service and its first annual Hometown Holiday celebration.

After a busy November planning the December 10th event, organizers were excited about all the people who took part in the day. Volunteers of every age stepped up to help, and people came forward to lead projects that most interested them. This is the beauty and the blessing of living in small community! Here are a few more highlights from our spotlight community:

*As the town’s only grocery store finds itself in danger of closing, the community has organized a volunteer grocery delivery service where approximately twenty community members have volunteered to deliver groceries to individuals who sign up for the service. The group hopes to really help make a difference during the cold winter months when it is difficult for some people to get out of the house.

*On December 21, a Community Health Manager from Wellmark came to Tripp to present opportunities available to the community through the Healthy Hometown program. The program uses proven tools and techniques to make simple changes in rural communities designed to bring about long-lasting changes that impact the overall health and well-being of the community.

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