MARQUETTE - The L.G. Kaufman Endowment Fund made the largest ever single monetary donation to The Mining Journal Cheer Club Friday.
The Kaufman Endowment Fund donated $5,000 to the Cheer Club, which collects presents for needy children who might otherwise not get gifts under the Christmas tree. The Kaufman Endowment Fund is also offering the Cheer Club a 2-to-1 match grant up to $5,000.
This means if The Mining Journal can raise $10,000 in monetary donations the Cheer Club will receive another $5,000. Aside from Friday's contribution, the current amount raised stands at $2,025.
The L.G. Kaufman Endowment Fund donated $5,000 to The Mining Journal Cheer Club with a $5,000 match grant if the Cheer Club can raise $10,000 in monetary donations. From left, Jim Reevs, Peter Kaufman, Capt. Joel Arthur of Marquette Salvation Army and Steve Mattson, secretary of L.G. Kaufman Endowment Fund. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
"These are tough times and there is a lot of families in need," said Peter Kaufman. "This is a way we can give a better holiday to those less fortunate."
This is the third year the Kaufman Endowment Fund has donated to the Cheer Club.
"This is a tremendous donation and it will go a long way with helping everyone," said Capt. Joel Arthur of the Marquette Salvation Army.
As part of the agreement for the donation, at least 50 percent of the money given has to go towards food and clothing.
"People are always hungry," Arthur said. "We now know that we can feed them."
The numbers of people and families in need this holiday season has increased since last year. A total of 7,819 people and 1,035 families will be receiving help from the Marquette and Ishpeming Salvation Armies this season, so donations are still needed.
Donations for Cheer Club can be dropped off until Dec. 14 at The 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.