The Daily Mining Gazette's annual Cheer Club campaign benefiting The Salvation Army is under way.
This annual campaign helps the less fortunate in the Copper Country.
From Thanksgiving on, we collect food, gifts and money, and turn these items over to The Salvation Army office in Hancock. Volunteers there distribute the goods to local needy individuals and families during this holiday season.
Every year, we put up a holiday tree in our offices on Shelden Avenue. It's a warming sight to see toys brought in, especially by children, and placed under the tree for the less fortunate.
However, as of this writing, there are two lone toys under the tree.
This same time last year, the toys were bountiful. A barrel was placed next to the tree to collect the overflow.
We can't account for the drop in collections this year. Certainly, the economic woes our local residents are feeling were present last year, and yet many donations were still collected.
As people donate, their photos are taken and printed in our pages as a reminder we are a collection site.
Without the donations, there isn't much to take a photo of this year.
We hope that perhaps the donations are still being made at other sites, or made directly at The Salvation Army offices, accounting for the drop in collections here under our tree.
If you have given a toy already this year, thank you.
If you can't give a toy this year, bless you.
If you can give a toy this year, but just haven't found the time to do so, please stop by the Gazette office and we will be happy to take your generous donation.
Please help us take an active part in helping the less fortunate.
It is the true meaning of the season.