Communities gather $2,000 in toys for Salvation Army

ISHPEMING — With Christmas less than two weeks away, many of us are still working on getting gifts for family and friends. In order to help out those who really need it this holiday season, the communities of Ishpeming and Negaunee stepped up in a big way.

Members from the Marine Corps Toys for Tots dropped off over $2,000 in toys this afternoon to the Salvation Army in Ishpeming. The toys came from community members and businesses in Negaunee and Ishpeming.

All of the items brought to the Salvation Army will be distributed to over two hundred families in the area.

“Someone else may be hard or down on their luck but they still donate,” said Tracey Tippett of Toys For Tots. “Every little bit helps. What we’re able to do to help more individuals out there as this economy isn’t the greatest – it’s just wonderful what we’re able to do for everybody.”

“The donation that they brought today just adds to the collection of toys that we’ve already been receiving,” said Capt. Kim Winters of the Salvation Army. “That just helps us to serve more families in the area.”

Winters added that the need for help this year during the holidays is up when compared to years past. If you’re interested in donating a toy or making a monetary donation to the Salvation Army, you still have time to do so.

Winters says the toys will be distributed on December 21st in Ishpeming and December 22nd in Marquette.