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      Local unions collect thousands for Salvation Army

      The United Steelworkers Local Unions 4974 and 4950 have raised nearly $2,000 for the Ishpeming Salvation Army.

      According to Cliffs Natural Resources, the unions raised the money through the Salvation Army's red kettle drive, with kettles placed on Cliffs' property at the Tilden Mine, Empire Mine and Empire pit.

      Employees rotated shifts ringing the bell and collecting donations from the employees, visitors and contractors at the mine.

      "The Salvation Army's kettle campaign is the major fundraiser for the holidays," said James Kochevar, general manager, Cliffs Michigan Operations. "We're happy to be able to have the kettles on our property, making it easy for individuals to donate."

      Local 4974 and Local 4950 presidents stated that they feel very fortunate to contribute to community members in need, and thanked those that donated.

      "Over the years, the red kettle drive at Cliffs has been quite successful in raising donations for the Salvation Army to help brighten the Christmas Holiday for those in need," said Jim Jarvi, president, USW Local 4974. "Our thanks to everyone who donated and the employees who happily braved the elements at the entrances ringing the bell."

      Money collected through the campaign will go to the Ishpeming Salvation Army to provide food for the food banks and provide assistance to those in need.