Mining Gazette kicks off Cheer Club

The Daily Mining Gazette is once again participating in Cheer Club, a way for the community to give back during the holidays.

The Salvation Army is facing additional and unexpected challenges this year, according to Pete Mackin, local site director.

With a motto of Help Those Most in Need, the Salvation Army has “stepped up what we’re doing in the community,” said Mackin, who confirmed that the issue of homelessness is affecting the Copper Country. The local chapter is tasked with helping four to five homeless people each week.

This year’s Cheer Club is focused on this mission as the need for nonperishable food and cold-weather provisions is increasing. Mackin listed canned goods, other pantry items, socks, mittens, hats and blankets as the donations in highest demand.

Mackin also attests to needing toys for school-aged youths, especially activity-based ones such as building sets, art supplies, bicycles and sleds. And, of course, monetary donations are always welcome.

Until Dec. 17, readers are invited to support the mission of the Salvation Army by dropping off unwrapped items to the Mining Gazette office at 206 Shelden Ave., Houghton, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, when staff members will be available to take photos of Cheer Club donors.


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