COPPER HARBOR - More than $3,000 has been raised for the No Child Without a Christmas program, which aims to help families in need provide presents for their children. Of that amount, $1,900 was raised by the bake sale held Saturday during Copper Harbor's Winter Wonderfest.
A check was presented to Sheriff Ron Lahti Sunday, who said the Keweenaw is a giving area.
"People want to get out and help their neighbors," he said. "It was amazing to see the amount they were able to raise."
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About 40,000 individual lights made up the display at the Copper Harbor Winter Wonderfest activities celebrated Saturday. The lights were set up by Don Kilpela. In addition to the light show, there was also a bake sale that helped raised $1,900 for the No Child Without a Christmas program.
The program usually helps between 120 and 125 kids.
In the past, Bonnie Harrer baked her cookies alone, but this year she received help from her church, Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Chapel in Copper Harbor.
"We had 12 people show up at our church and we baked 1,800 cookies. I made 2,000 at my house," Harrer said. "There's 24 different kinds. ... We had more cookies this year than ever."
Harrer said the most rewarding part of helping the No Kid Without a Christmas program is simply knowing that children will have a Christmas.
"How can you not get excited about that? she asked.
Harrer added she feels fortunate to be in a county with a sheriff who cares so much.
"(Lahti) takes such good care of his people," Harrer said.
Bonnie Harrer's husband, Richard, said the program is the finest charity he's ever been associated with.
"If these kids can have one good memory this year, then we're doing good," Richard Harrer said.
People can still donate toys through Dec. 20 at the following locations: Slim's Caf, Eagle Harbor Inn, Mohawk Superette, Superior National Bank, The Bear Belly Bar and Grill and the Keweenaw County Sheriff's Office.