ISHPEMING - Thanks to the generosity of area residents, organizations and businesses, kids and families across the county will wake up to presents under the Christmas tree Tuesday.
The Mining Journal's 34th annual Cheer Club saw an overwhelming amount of monetary donations this year, making it easier to help with the larger number of families that needed help from the Ishpeming and Marquette Salvation Army corps. The Salvation Army helped a total of 994 families and raised over $19,160 in monetary donations.
"We ended up getting a lot of donations in the end, which helped out a lot," said Liz Nevela of the Ishpeming Salvation Army.
Donna Noll, a Salvation Army volunteer in Marquette, puts more toys out during the toy pick-up at the Westwood Mall on Thursday afternoon. (Journal photo)
Lt. Stephen Hansen of the Ishpeming Salvation Army collects gifts for a family in preparation for the toy pick up for west end families. (Journal photo)
Gifts were distributed to families throughout the last week in both Marquette and on the west end. Nevela said that thanks to the generosity of the community, the Salvation Army got just about everything they needed.
"We would like to thank all of the people for their donations," Nevela said. "This community is so wonderful and we are so blessed to have west end helping us."
The Marquette Salvation Army also wants to thank everyone for their contribution this year, said Cpt. Joel Arthur of the Marquette Salvation Army.
"It helped to make an amazing Christmas for many children and families in this community," Arthur said. "The generosity of the community has overwhelmed us."
The Cheer Club will be kicking off again in 2013 the day after Thanksgiving, working to collect toys and gifts for area children.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.