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Monday, 23 December, 2013 10:31 AM

Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit raises $491,824 toward goal of $1.2 Million

Photo credit: David Malhalab / M News Service

The Detroit Goodfellows in America's Thanksgiving Parade on Nov. 28, 2013.

 

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DETROIT -- As of today, the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit has raised $491,824.98, nearly 41% of its 2013 fundraising goal of $1.2 million, which the group hopes to meet by the end of its fiscal year on January 31, 2014.

Of the total amount raised to date, $52,166 was raised through the 100th Annual Detroit Goodfellows’ Sales Day on December 2. Hundreds of Detroit Goodfellows, Detroit police officers and Detroit firefighters sold a special “Goodfellow edition” of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press in various locations throughout the city.

“Detroiters generously support Detroit Goodfellows on sales day and throughout the holiday gift giving season to ensure ‘no kiddie without a Christmas’ as many are giving back after having received our holiday gift boxes themselves. Our 24th annual Tribute Breakfast in September honoring Peter Karmanos, Jr., Compuware’s Co-Founder, was a great start to this year’s fundraising efforts,” said Frank Brady, president of the Detroit Goodfellows.

With all donations collected, Detroit Goodfellows will distribute 35,000 gift packages through Detroit police precincts to needy children in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Harper Woods and River Rouge from December 7-19. This year 11,000 dolls will be given to little girls aged 4-9 as part of the Goodfellow gift packages containing books, warm clothes, toys and candy. The packages will be provided to children whose names were submitted by public, private, parochial and charter school officials. It is estimated that one out of every three Detroit public schoolchildren receives a Detroit Goodfellows holiday gift box.

Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, P.O. Box 44444, Detroit, MI 48244-0444. Donations may also be made using the organization’s secure website: www.detroitgoodfellows.org.

Founded in 1914, the Detroit Goodfellows is the original and oldest Goodfellow organization and is not affiliated with any other Goodfellow group. It also sponsors an emergency dental program for children, awards scholarships through Wayne State University, provides free shoes to children in need and helps send hundreds of needy children to camp each summer.

For more information contact Detroit Goodfellows Director Sari Klok-Schneider at (586) 775-6139 or sarigoodfellows@gmail.com. “Like” Detroit Goodfellows on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DetroitGoodfellows.

Related Story: Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit's 2011 fundraising campaign has raised a total of $1,268,720;

 


 

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Gift box distribution event with Frank Brady (president of Detroit Goodfellows) and cast members from "ELF" when it played at the Fisher Theatre a couple weeks ago.

 

Photo credit: Barr Communications

The Detroit Goodfellows are celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year.

 

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