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Lending a helping hand

November 24, 2012
By Scott Viau ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

EAGLE RIVER - For the past 14 years, the No Kid Without a Christmas program has been aiming to help less fortunate families provide their children with gifts. And now that the holidays are approaching once again, it's time to think of those who could use a helping hand.

Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti said the program typically helps between 120 and 125 kids.

"We want to make sure that every kid in the Keweenaw has a Christmas," Lahti said. "The unique thing is that we're small so we can almost ensure that everyone who needs help can get help."

Lahti added the gifts can be for any age group, but they sometimes receive information from the Family Independence Agency and that information will be distributed accordingly.

"(The FIA) will give us a hint to the interests of the child," Lahti said.

Lahti added there's definitely a need in the area and thinks past years have gone well.

"In the past they've done a wonderful job," Lahti said. "It's a program where you know you're helping your neighbor. ... We'll continue to help the people who need help as long as we can do it."

Those interested in donating gifts can drop them off at the Keweenaw County Sheriff's Office or the Superior National Bank in Mohawk.

The preferred deadline for donating gifts is Dec. 20.



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