As of Tuesday, the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit had raised $462,192.75 representing 38% of its 2012 fundraising goal of $1.2 million, which the group hopes to meet by the end of its fiscal year on January 31, 2012.
Of the total amount raised to, $59,609.75 was raised through the 98th Annual Detroit Goodfellows’ Sales Day on Nov.26.
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.
With all donations collected, Detroit Goodfellows will distribute 36,000 gift packages through Detroit police precincts to needy children in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Harper Woods and River Rougefrom December 7-19.
This year, 11,000 hand-dressed 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.