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      2013 Toy Drop

      Not every family has an opportunity to shower their children with gifts.

      Luckily, the Ishpeming/Negaunee Rotary Club is teaming up with the Lions Club and Salvation Army to brighten up the holiday season for some local children. Between the three organizations, they have collected over $15,000 worth of toys.

      Unlike most toy drives, ideas for this one actually start in January.

      "Why don't we take some money now, buy them and store them until Christmas? So we were able to buy things at great discounts, stretch our dollars and get a lot more,â?? said Kimme Peterson, organizer of the Toy Drop.

      This is the third year the Rotary Club has been collecting toys and they are planning to expand.

      "We got the Lion's Club to come on board and partner with us, and we're looking for other service clubs to do the same so that we can have a convoy of trucks bringing the toys to the Salvation Army,â?? Peterson said.

      The Salvation Army has always done more than just help children.

      "It's something! As long as people have had a need at Christmas, the Salvation Army has stepped up. We've been serving the West End for 114 years, and that's not going to change," said Lieutenant Stephen Hansen, Corps Officer.

      As long as folks are kind enough to help the less fortunate, the season for giving wonâ??t change either.