Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund Ensures There Is 'No Kiddies Without a Christmas'

For 90 years, the Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit has worked painstakingly hard to maintain and live up to the organization's sole purpose: 'No Kiddie Without a Christmas'. And, according to a press release that came out this morning, it appears that they have done it again.

Yes, that's right. This valiant and giving organization announced today that by meeting its 2004 goal of $1.7 million, it was able to provide 40,000 Christmas packages to underprivileged boys and girls throughout the cities of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck.

In addition to the Christmas packages, which contained items such as warm clothing, underwear, socks, books and art supplies, Detroit's Old Newsboys' Goodfellows also gave 14,000 dolls to each of its girl recipients, aged 7-10.

Along with its large Christmas donations, the non-profit organization also provides essential services to the needy children of Detroit throughout the entire year, such as emergency dental care and a shoe-donation program, which is facilitated in conjunction with Mr. Alan's. The organization, which was founded 1914 by James J. Brady, also provides seven Wayne State University scholarships each year to graduates of the Detroit Public School System.

Donations to the Detroit Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund are tax-deductible and accepted year-round. To make a donation, please click here. The organization kicks off its fundraising efforts every year on the Monday after Thanksgiving with its annual parade, when its members march down the streets and then disperse across the city selling special editions of The Detroit News, which can be purchased with any donation amount.

According to its website, the Detroit Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund is the original, as well as the oldest organization of its kind. It is not affiliated with any other Goodfellow group.