By ZEINAB NAJM
The Dearborn and Dearborn Heights Goodfellows raised more than $80,000 in their annual newspaper sales benefiting their “No Child Without a Christmas” campaigns.
Dearborn tallied just over $40,000 and Dearborn Heights collected $40,259 on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 — both seeing an increase from their 2014 totals.
“This year was successful compared to previous years,” Dearborn Goodfellows President John Thompson said. “The money raised is a reflection on our great community.”
The amount raised in Dearborn Heights matched the club’s highest total since 2004.
“I love this organization’s amazing ability to bring everyone together for the greater good of the community,” Dearborn Heights Goodfellows Treasurer John Zadikian said. “So many people worked so hard to get us to that number, and I am grateful and humbled.”
Police officers, firefighters, high school honors clubs, volunteers and business owners participated in the annual campaign collecting donations on street corners, in front of businesses, and at community centers.
“We’re thankful for the support from all our community leaders, police and firefighters and Goodfellows volunteers,” Thompson said.
Various gifts are purchased and given to children between the ages of 2 and 11 who live in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.
Gifts in Dearborn are packaged by volunteers and delivered to children on Dec. 18 and 19, respectively. In Dearborn Heights gifts are prepared for families to pick up at Berwyn Senior Citizen Center, 26155 Richardson.
The Goodfellows have made it their mission to take care of the needy children in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights. Each club helps 900 to 1,100 children each year.
“It is always great to see the community come and work together for a common goal,” Zadikian said. “I hope the Goodfellows giving spirit spreads to all the other days in the year.”
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