Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti is pictured here in his office with toys donated for his "No Keweenaw Kid Without a Christmas" drive. (Photo courtesy Keweenaw County Sheriff's Office)
EAGLE RIVER -- Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti's annual "No Keweenaw Kid Without a Christmas" drive is in full swing collecting Christmas gift donations for needy children in Keweenaw County.
"We'd like to get the toys to the parents by next Friday (Dec. 18) or the following Monday," Sheriff Lahti said today. "We're helping 120 children of all ages this year, from newborn to 18 years old."
The biggest need is for the oldest children, especially teenagers, so cash donations also help the Sheriff and his staff to do last minute shopping next week.
"Sad to say, there's enough need out there so we can find a home for any item we get," Sheriff Lahti added.
Toys should now be brought to the Sheriff's Office, 5105 Fourth Street in Eagle River by next Thursday, Dec. 17, so they can be delivered in time for Christmas. Donations can also be mailed to Keweenaw County Sheriff's Toy Drive, 5105 Fourth Street, Eagle River, MI 49950, as soon as possible. Checks can be made out to Sheriff's Toy Drive.
* Editor's Note: Sheriff Lahti was awarded the 2014 Heart and Hands of the Keweenaw Award for his work of community service and civic commitments beyond his job. Read more here.