The Daily Mining Gazette kicked off its annual Cheer Club this week, teaming with The Salvation Army to collect toys, clothing and non-perishable food items for area residents.
As 2009 draws to a close, we look back on a year of economic woes.
This was a year that saw unemployment in the state spike above 15 percent, and much higher in our area. Some businesses closed and others reduced staff and hours. That added up to fewer jobs and smaller paychecks.
Locally, it was harder for many people to make ends meet. So, as Christmas nears, the Cheer Club and other charitable drives take on an even greater importance than usual.
We invite area residents and businesses to donate to help The Salvation Army reach out into our community.
Bell ringers have begun their service with bright red Salvation Army kettles at local store entrances and exits. As you leave the check lane, think about keeping out the change you received from your purchase for the kettle at the door. Every little bit helps.
There are many Cheer Club drop off sites for gifts and non-perishable food, including here at the Gazette's office in downtown Houghton. Watch our daily front page coverage for a list of other drop off sites.
We'll publish on a continuing basis the names of people and businesses that choose to participate. The Salvation Army, located in Hancock, will distribute the donated items to those in need around the Copper Country.
Everything that's donated stays right here. This program is about neighbors helping neighbors during a time of year when it's appreciated the most.
So please, donate generously to the 2009 Cheer Club. You'll be helping someone in need right here in the Copper Country. Call our offices or The Salvation Army for more information.