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Cheese Elves Stuff Love In Every Box

Cheese Elves Stuff Love In Every Box
Back row (L to R): Jayne Collins, Carol Cade, Jessica Hendrickson, Kelie Wood, Rhonda Rach. Front row (L to R): Aaron Uglum, Kay Frydenlund, Dane Thompson, Susan Pugh.
Dec 06, 2021 (Westby, WI)

The month of December is especially busy for the Westby Creamery retail store. Some customers are looking to take advantage of the great holiday specials, but many others are looking to send country goodness to loved ones across the U.S. in the form of a cheese gift box.

Each holiday season, the Westby Creamery retail store recruits an army of elves to help put together all the gift box orders. This year they expanded their team from five to twelve due to last years’ successes. This year the team is expected to put together and send out over 6,000 gift boxes!

Westby Creamery Cheese Gift Boxes

A mountain of gift boxes stuffed with love and country goodness and ready to make its way to its destination.

The staff is led by the head elf is Jess Hendrickson. Hendrickson has been training and leading the army of elves for the past five years and is training a new head elf, Kelie, to take the reins for years to come. A lot of hours, hard work, and dedication go into this job, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. It is something she looks forward to every year.

Hendrickson’s favorite part is getting to talk to the “regulars” that call from all over the country. “Though we only speak briefly about Wisconsin’s ridiculous weather or how no cheese compares to Wisconsin cheese, it’s cool to have built those small yet meaningful relationships over the past few years,” Hendrickson said.

Jess and Kelie also have a great team to help get the job done, including Carol Cade, Rhonda Rach, Kay Frydenlund, Dane Thompson, Aaron Uglum, Susan Pugh, and Jayne Collins. They pack a great amount of love and holiday cheer into each order in the short four weeks they are around. One of the elves, Carol Cade, has been helping the Creamery during the holidays for over 32 years! “The wonderful group of people I get to work with each season keeps me coming back,” Cade said.

Every year has its own obstacles with all the hustle and bustle during the holidays. This year the Cheese Store is overcoming product shortages from all over the state and country. However, these elves are focused and determined to make sure each order reaches its destination safely and on time. And while each elf has their own set of orders to put together, the team still manages to work cooperatively and help each other out as needed.

It’s not too late to send your loved ones (or yourself) a cheese gift box. Orders received before Dec. 15 are expected to arrive by Christmas. Visit our online store to view all the delectable choices.

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