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      Provide instead of party

      Pioneer Surgical in Marquette has made a generous donation to a charity. Staff members presented a check for $3,000 to Room at the Inn. Room at the Inn is a charitable organization that provides food and shelter to the homeless during the winter months. Each week a different church in the Marquette area opens its doors to the homeless as a part of the program. They had a small celebration at Saint Christopher's Catholic Church in Marquette Township Thursday evening. The Pioneer Surgical staff voted to donate the money instead of having a Christmas party.

      "It's very, very comforting to think that people were willing to give up a Christmas party to give to charity. It's just a great, great thing," said Helen McCormick, co-founder of Room at the Inn.

      Room at the Inn will use the money for food, transportation, and other services for the homeless.