No Kiddie Without a Christmas
His name was James J. Brady and he was the head of the Internal Revenue in Detroit way back before World War I. The nature of his job kept him out “in the field” so to speak and he could see the problems folks were having making ends meet, finding jobs, raising families.
You might recognize the scenario. It wasn’t much different from today – 97 years later.
You see, Brady came up with this idea of somehow doing something to raise money to help poor children, but it wasn’t until he picked up a copy of The Detroit News one day and the light bulb went off. There he saw a Burt Thomas cartoon depicting an affluent business man with a fur-collared coat taking Christmas packages to the poor. He thought, “Why couldn’t this be a reality?” He asked his buddy, Detroit News’ Managing Editor E.J. Pipp to help him brainstorm the details. Pipp came up with a brilliant idea of enlisting the aid of the Detroit Newsboys Association.
The “Old Newsboys,” was an organization founded in 1885, made up of former street hawkers who had gone on to success in business, professions, and politics.
What better channel for their efforts and generosity, Brady reasoned, than to band together once a year prior to Christmas holidays and sell papers on their old corners again and donate the proceeds to make Christmas brighter for poor kids? What beautiful history, all because of Brady, the tax collector with his big fat heart. Source Pete Waldmeir / The Detroit News
We have our own dedicated downriver chapters who tirelessly volunteer to carry on this almost century old tradition of making sure no child goes without a Christmas.
Won’t you consider being a good fellow yourself this year? A few bucks can go a long way.
If you can’t scrape up the spare cash to donate this year, why not give a bit of your time – even a few hours could make a difference.
Allen Park Goodfellows - (313) 383-2453
Grosse Ile Goodfellows – (734) 676-7157
Lincoln Park Goodfellows – (313) 381-3217
Southgate Goodfellows – (734) 258-3022
Taylor Goodfellows – (313) 295-6240
Trenton Goodfellows – (734) 675-6120
Wyandotte Goodfellows – P.O. Box 392, Wyandotte, MI 48192