MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Mining Journal's annual Cheer Club is seeing some great donations this season. The Cheer Club is a joint effort between The Mining Journal, the Salvation Army, and St. Vincent De Paul to provide gifts to local children and families in need during the holidays.
Toys are donated at drop off sites, then the Salvation Army will collect them and distribute them to families in need at the Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul. We spoke with The Mining Journal and Salvation Army staff about the importance of the annual event.
"It's important for The Mining Journal, it's important for our staff, they really enjoy doing that. It's a great way for us to get involved in the community and to support the families of Marquette," said Mining Journal Interim Publisher, Ann Troutman.
"It means so much to the families in the county. One of the key things is to watch some of the parents leave from the toy shop just in tears because they're able to have a Christmas with their kids," said Marquette County Salvation Army Captain, Doug Winters.
Registered families will be given a date and time to come to the distribution site. Those dates will be either December 19 or 20. Drop off sites include The Mining Journal office on Washington Street, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul locations in Marquette and Ishpeming, the Gwinn Ace Hardware and the Northern Michigan University Police Department.