DETROIT (WXYZ) - Members of the "old newsboys'" goodfellow fund are once again working the streets to make sure no child goes without a gift for the holidays.
Goodfellows in Detroit and Southfield kicked off their campaigns yesterday selling papers to raise money for children.
After their first official "sales" day, they raised nearly $60,000.
Detroit Goodfellows and Detroit police and firefighters sold a special "Goodfellow edition" of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News yesterday in various spots throughout the city.
All the money raised goes toward providing holiday gift packages to needy children.
In Detroit, the Goodfellows' 2012 fundraising goal is $1.2 million, and the group intends to provide Goodfellow holiday gift packages to 36,000 children ages 4 - 13.
Detroit Locations for Goodfellows Sales:
-Cadillac Place (former General Motors building) located at 3044 W. Grand Blvd. (at Second).
· Ren Cen - inside the building
· Detroit Fire Dept. - Washington Blvd.
· Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
· Guardian Building - 500 Griswold
· Penobscot Building
· Compuware Headquarters - One Campus Martius
· Eastern Market - Russell & Market St. (Freeway Service Dr.)
· Detroit Post Office - 1401 W. Fort Street
· One Detroit Center - Woodward and Larned
Here's what Detroit Goodfellows says about it's mission:
"The Detroit Goodfellows' goal this year is to raise $1.2 million for the holiday gift package program, as well as various other initiatives to benefit Detroit area children in need. So far, approximately $462,192 has been raised which is 38% of the $1.2 million goal.
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 Rouge from December 7 - 19.
This year 12,000 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: http://www.detroitgoodfellows.org
You can also find Detroit Goodfellows on facebook: http://facebook.com/detroitgoodfellows