Goodfellows paper sales down, donations up as holidays approach

 

Goodfellows1 Goodfellows2By Ron Giofu

 

Saturday’s snowstorm appears to have impacted fundraising efforts by the Amherstburg Goodfellows but private donations proved to be a great help this year.

The Goodfellows have raised, as of Monday morning, approximately $15,000 for this year’s campaign. Roughly $11,000 came from the newspaper sales, which occurred last Friday evening and Saturday morning.

“Friday, we did good. Saturday, we were down,” said Amherstburg Goodfellows president Rick Murray. “Friday, we were up compared to last year by about $400-$500. Saturday, we were down about $600-$700.”

The snowstorm, which reportedly dropped 24 centimeters on the region, had a negative impact but Murray said that’s not always the case when it snows.

“Sometimes it works in our favour and sometimes not,” said Murray.

Murray said some years see drivers feel sympathetic to those standing out in the snow selling papers while other years see people simply not want to get out of their cars or to stop and donate.

“The paper sales were down but the donations were up. Overall we are OK with the money we need to buy baskets,” he said.

Donations amounted to about $4,000, including a large donation of $3,100 coming earlier this year from Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157.

“That put us over,” said Murray.

A total of 146 food baskets were distributed in 2012 with that costing the Goodfellows $13,600.

“So far this year, we’ve got 149,” said Murray.

Those in need wishing to have a basket can call 519-730-0248. Baskets must be requested by the end of the day Thursday.

Baskets will be packed at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Richmond St. this Sunday with distribution to be held next Monday, Dec. 23, from 9-11 a.m., also at the K of C Hall.

“People have been dropping off toys. The toys are always an extra,” said Murray.

Murray indicated the mandate of the Goodfellows is to distribute food baskets but toys were added as an extra several years ago. Toys are distributed to children up to 12-years-old.

Donations of money and toys are still welcome, Murray added, stating those wishing to contribute can do so at Station 1 of the Amherstburg Fire Department at 271 Sandwich St. South.

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