Gogebic Santa’s Headquarters Seeking Santa Helpers

The Christmas Season is approaching fast and Santa’s Headquarters is underway. Santa’s Headquarters is a project to support those in need of gifts for their children at Christmas. We extend to you an invitation to support this outreach program.

The effort in 2021 served over 350 children in Gogebic County. Last year families received: A $70 gift card for groceries, 1 large toy for each child, 1 blanket per family, stocking stuffers, toiletry items, toothbrush & toothpaste, and hat and mittens for each child.

Any family in need may fill out a form and return it to the Department of Health and Human Services office in Bessemer. The complete address is on the bottom of all forms. Forms may be picked up at various locations in the following cities: Ironwood, Bessemer, Wakefield and Watersmeet, along with St. Vincent DePaul, MSU Extension Office and Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency. The deadline for returning forms is November 11th, 2022. It is very important that all families register.

Those who wish to donate $15.00-$20.00 unwrapped gifts will be able to do so at locations listed below. Interested persons are asked to pick an age-appropriate gift tag from the Christmas tag trees at one of the following locations and return the gift to the same location. Deadline for returning gifts is December 3rd at close of business for each location.

This year we also have set up an Amazon wish list so that anyone that wants to shop online can choose an item to purchase off the wish list and it will be sent directly to our organization. The link to the Amazon wish list is: https://bit.ly/Gogebic-Santa


Participating gift locations are:

Participating gift locations are:

Coleman Engineering
Ironwood City offices
Marenisco Town Hall
Dairy Queen – Bessemer
Our Lady of Peace Church
Community Mental Health
Trinity Lutheran Church
Incredible Bank in Ironwood
Tribal Offices
Aurora Athletic Club
Gogebic Medical Care Facility
North Lakes Community Clinic
Watersmeet Township Office
Watersmeet Health Clinic
Northern Waters Casino
Higher Love
UP Beat
Suffolk Street Eatery
Gogebic County Senior Center
Mattson Family Chiropractic
Gogebic County Federal Credit Union
Wakefield News
Bessemer Pick & Axe

Gift distribution will be at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds Multipurpose Building on December 7th. Distribution will be at the Watersmeet Community Center on December 8th. Each family will be assigned a number and a time to come to pick up their things to minimize gatherings of people.

Monetary donations may be sent to:
St. Vincent DePaul, Attn: Santa’s Headquarters, 108 S Marquette St., Ironwood, MI 49938

For any questions or to drop off toys and/or gifts you have collected contact: Erin Ross, MSU Extension: rantae@msu.edu or 906-364-2055

Ashley Dennis, MSU Extension: hampston@msu.edu or 906-364-4074

Pat Niksich, Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency: niksichp@gocaa.org or 906-667-0283, #31 Amanda Niemi, MDHHS: NierniA@michigan.gov or 906-663-6200