Other Giving Programs
While the Goodfellows primary mission is the purchase of merchandise and the distribution of holiday gift packages, several other programs have been developed to serve the children of our community. These programs enhance the quality of life of our area’s young people in a variety of significant ways.
This exemplary program provides shoes for children who cannot afford proper footwear. These children are identified through the Attendance and Administrative Offices in the school districts with which we work. They are then presented with vouchers for a complimentary pair of shoes at any Detroit area Mr. Alan’s store. Mr. Alan’s fits the child with the right pair of shoes and then turns the costs over to the Goodfellows.
This program provides emergency and routine dental care to children who cannot afford it. Thanks to the efforts of students and faculty at University of Detroit Mercy Dental School, this program has been a great collaboration for over 35 years. Thanks to the generosity of the Delta Dental Foundation of Michigan, the Detroit Mercy Dental School, as the Detroit District Dental Society as partners, the Goodfellows are able to provide dental health kits for each holiday gift package. These kits include a toothbrush, toothpaste, a brushing timer, and an educational bookmark about dental care. This year with the addition of Patterson Dental Supply and Henry Schein Dental Supply and Unified Smiles as contributors, we will be providing floss in certain age specific kits. All these items are contained in an attractive zipped pouch that can also be used as a pencil case.
In the summer of 2016 we committed over $35,000 in grants to summer camps for kids in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. The Campership Committee reviews proposals for various day and overnight camps in southeastern Michigan. The committee then makes a contribution to a specific camp so they can provide young people with an opportunity to experience the joys of nature. Some programs funded by the Detroit Goodfellows in the past include the Detroit Police Department’s “Explorers”, the Detroit Fire Department Camp and a summer computer program called the Community Technology Center.
The Detroit Goodfellows spend up to $5,000 each year for two students to attend the School of Journalism at Wayne State University in Detroit. The scholarship program is named “The Detroit Goodfellows Mike McCormick Scholarship” in honor of the late Detroit News editor Mike McCormick who was a member and avid supporter of the Detroit Goodfellows. McCormick was also responsible for editing and coordinating the annual Detroit Goodfellows Sales Day newspaper.