DEARBORN – The Dearborn Goodfellows once again hit the streets to sell their holiday paper Dec. 4 and 5 to make sure “no Dearborn child goes without a Christmas.”
Led by Dearborn police officers and firefighters, Boy Scout troops, high school honor clubs, business owners and volunteers, the Goodfellows will sell papers on the streets and in front of businesses.
Larry Johnson, one of the executive directors of the all-volunteer organization, asks residents and visitors to “stop and give. You can help by buying a paper from one of our volunteers. This is our most important fundraiser.”
Since 1923, the Goodfellows have made it their mission to take care of the needy children in Dearborn, and they estimate helping 900 to 1,100 children each year.
Throughout the year, financial needs for special emergencies are met on an individual basis. During the Christmas season, Goodfellows provide gift packages of clothing, books, stuffed animals, and Christmas toys to boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 11.
“I don’t have enough accolades for those helping us, including Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly, who is an honorary Goodfellows chairman, the Dearborn City Council and our business leaders,” Johnson said. “Six families, facing extremely hard times, have already been adopted by our businesses.
“From those who drop a quarter in our cans, to the volunteers standing on a cold street corner selling papers, to the officers who keep them safe, to our generous sponsors and community partners, to others who collect and wrap our gifts, to the people with trucks who deliver the packages, to all of them, on behalf of the children and families you’re helping, thank you.”
For more information on the Dearborn Goodfellows, contact Johnson at 313-310-4246.