HOUGHTON - Giving spare change to The Salvation Army workers outside various stores isn't the only way to lend a helping hand this season. The annual Cheer Club is now in full swing and those who would like to donate can now do so by dropping off gifts.
Those who are interested in donating gifts, a person can pick a name from the angel tree located in Walmart and then drop that toy off at various locations around town, including Shopko, Econo Foods, The Salvation Army or The Daily Mining Gazette.
Toys are purchased for children up to 16 years of age.
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Gifts are seen under the tree at The Daily Mining Gazette’s office in Houghton. The DMG?is one of the collection sites for The Salvation Army’s Cheer Club.
Salvation Army Maj. Mark Brown said the event is a good way to strengthen the relationship between parents and children.
"It's about bonding families," Brown said. "That's what it's all about, as opposed to toys."
While the deadline for the Cheer Club is Dec. 21, Brown said they're always willing to accept items other than toys.
"Winter clothes, especially," Brown said. "Socks, gloves, mittens and stocking caps."
Brown added that they have to be new items, otherwise they will go to the thrift store.
The Salvation Army also accepts food to be distributed to families in need.
Among the items The Salvation Army is in great need of are peanut butter, tuna fish, spaghetti sauce and desserts. The organization would also like to see more cereal, soup, fruit, canned pasta, potatoes, rice and stuffing.
"It's all basic food," Brown said. "They're staples. It's nothing fancy."
The Daily Mining Gazette has participated in Cheer Club for more than 20 years. Publisher Michael Scott said it's a great opportunity to help those less fortunate.
"The DMG is once again pleased to be involved with this year's Salvation Army cheer club as a drop-off point," Scott said. "We've been doing this for many years and appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community."