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Keeping it local

December 26, 2012
The Daily News


A recent article in the Daily News gave some hints on how to pick charities you want to donate monies to.

Some of these tips included keeping it local, check on the organization's goals, purposes and programs, and how much of your donation will go towards programming rather than administrative and fundraising expenses.

Is the charity good at what it does? Is the organization registered to solicit funds from the public? Is the donation tax deductible ... and above all, is it a local charity?

Your local Dickinson County Cancer Loan Closet meets all these criteria and more. We are located at 1401 1/2 South Carpenter Ave. in Iron Mountain and offer the free use of many different types of medical equipment to local residents in need. We also offer financial help to clients with cancer, including help with prescriptions, Ensure, and incontinence supplies. Our phone number is (906) 776-0966 and our hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We are a nonprofit organization run by 28 dedicated volunteers and we have been serving the local community for nearly 12 years. We are not affiliated with the American Cancer Society, but we do support the good works they do.

Our expenses are minimal mostly because our building space is donated to us by a generous local business. Our expenses are mainly for correspondence, including phone, computer and mail.

We are run by a board of directors and we have a five-member citizens advisory committee made up of local professional people.

The need for our services continues to grow as more people become aware of what we have to offer. With more funding we could offer even more services to those in need, and there is a great need for the services we provide to the community. Approximately 98 cents of every dollar donated to the Loan Closet goes back to helping our local clients, a great return for your donated monies.

We do accept donations of many types of medical equipment that could be loaned out to help those in need. If you would like to make a monetary donation to us, please make it out to Dickinson County Cancer Unit.

So, if you are considering giving a charitable donation, please consider keeping it local. We are not the only local charity doing service in our community. There are many doing good works. All we ask is that you consider "keeping it local" to help your neighbors in need.

Paul Elliott

Niagara, Wis.

Dickinson County

Cancer Unit President



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