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      Santa's elves working hard at Ironwood headquarters

      Gogebic County is coming together to spread Christmas joy to every boy and girl with the 8th annual Santa's Headquarters. Volunteers spent the day organizing gifts at the Ironwood Memorial Building.

      Students from the JROTC spent the day unloading bags full of toys and gifts. For some, it's their first time helping with Santa's Headquarters.

      "Well, we decided to do it so we can help anybody who needs it. So, we can feel good about ourselves and help other people feel good as well," said Ethan Puisto.

      Santa's Headquarters is a collaborative effort between communities in Gogebic county. It's a way to make sure parents provide their kids with Christmas presents who otherwise might not be able to afford it.

      So, parents were able to sign to up months ago to receive help.

      "Over 205 families, which is high compared to what we have had in the past. Last year I think we had about 175 families. So, we are definitely up this year and I know the last count I had was about 425 children," said Erin Ross, Santa's Headquarters.

      For those parents signed up to participate, they will be able to stop by on Wednesday, do their own Christmas shopping and have some of the elves help them pick out toys.

      People wanting to help out choose to purchase gifts for a boy or girl and a specific age range.

      They had nineteen different drop off locations.

      "You can see by the gifts out here that everybody has been very, very generous. Everybody has been really digging deep in their pockets and giving money to the kids," said Marie Kangas, volunteer.

      Each family will also get a gift card to a local grocery store.