ISHPEMING - Bikes, teddy bears, Barbies, Hot Wheels, games and other gifts have been donated to The Mining Journal Cheer Club, but more is still needed.
The Cheer Club collects presents for the Salvation Army to give to area needyfamilies for Christmas.
Donations are running low compared to this point last year, said Liz Nevela of the Ishpeming Salvation Army.
"We're hoping to get more gifts in December when more people are getting ready for the holidays," Nevela said. "We buy turkeys for the families to have on Christmas, as well."
The Cheer Club is particularly in need of gift cards and clothes for teens and gifts for boys 6 to 9 years.
Capt. Ramona Arthur of the Marquette Salvation Army said good gifts for boys in that age group are Legos, Matchbox type cars, superhero figurines and anything that the kids can build with, such as K'NEX.
Both the Ishpeming and Marquette Salvation Army have about 1,000 families each that have applied for assistance at the holidays this year.
"It's still early but we are expecting that people will really stretch to make our needs," Arthur said.
Donations for Cheer Club can be dropped off until Dec. 14 at Mining Journal offices in Marquette and Ishpeming, the Marquette and Ishpeming Salvation Army offices, the Marquette Township hall, ACE Hardware in Gwinn and Bell Hospital in Ishpeming.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.