Charitable giving takes a financial hit any time our wallets and purses are looking lean.
But in contrast to many counterparts around the country, the Marquette Salvation Army is calling this holiday season a smashing success.
This year, the Cheer Club program done in conjunction with the Mining Journal collected about 4,000 toys.
About 3,700 of them were distributed to area families.
The Salvation Army needed to be more successful this year.
Capt. Joel Arthur says 128 more families signed up for the Cheer Club this season than last, but every one of them received gifts.
The county–wide kettle campaign final numbers aren’t in yet, but Captain Joel says the kettles have been on pace with last year’s level.
Besides the immediate Marquette area, the Marquette Salvation Army also serves the Gwinn area and all of Alger County.