’Tis the season: Cheer Club open for gifts

Katrice Perkins/Daily Mining Gazette After putting up the tree for another Cheer Club season, DMG Mailroom Supervisor Margaret Champagne checks to make sure there is plenty of space for donated gifts.

Christmas is coming, so that means the annual Cheer Club toy collection partnership between the Daily Mining Gazette and Salvation Army has begun. The tree at the newspaper’s office is up and ready to accept donations.

The purpose of the collaboration is to collect toys for kids in need.

Gazette Publisher Michael Scott is excited about another year of collaboration and gift-giving.

“Christmas is about giving, and it’s something that we look forward to doing every year. It’s a really great thing to do,” he said.

The Cheer Club collection is not all about donating just toys for children.

“We are focusing on items the kids really need,” said Salvation Army Commanding Officer Captain Leonita Schweigert. “It’s important for their well-being to have what they need first.”

Gifts of coats, shoes, boots and snow pants are highly encouraged. Sizes may range from newborn to young adult.

The age limit to receive gifts is 16, with exceptions for children with disabilities, Schweigert said.

Families can sign up for Christmas food baskets and toys. Individuals can sign up for the Christmas food baskets by calling the Salvation Army office at 906-482-3420 to make an appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Those eligible to receive toys and/or baskets will be given a time to pick them up on Dec. 21.

Schweigert says it is important for families and individuals to understand that they can only get their food and/or toys from one organization each year. The coordination between organizations in the area is to keep order and make sure there are “enough toys to go around for every child that needs them,” she said.

“We want all organizations to have enough for all families and individuals,” said Schweigert.

Food and toy donations should be dropped off by Dec. 18. All items must be new and in the original packaging for the children’s safety.

The dropoff locations include the Daily Mining Gazette, Salvation Army and Walmart.

The Daily Mining Gazette is located at 206 Shelden Ave. in Houghton. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The address for the Salvation Army is 408 Ravine St. in Hancock.