Detroit Goodfellows

Help support this more than 100-year-old Detroit charity with a simple, but powerful mission.

The Detroit Goodfellows are excited to announce that they have made it to the second round of the
Detroit News Holiday Cheer for Charity.

This program supports local, community focused non-profit organizations during the holiday season. 

Here’s how you can help us win:

The first round included 17 organizations vying for votes to get a spot in the final donation round.
We are one of the top 5 Metro Detroit non-profits to make it to the final round and
the one who raises the most money will win $20,000 gifted from The Detroit News!

Visit now through 12/23 at 12:00 PM to help us with your donation!

Making Sure No Child Is Forgotten

The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit was founded in 1914 by James J. Brady. Each holiday season, we distribute gift boxes to kids ages 4–13 living in Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and Ecorse.


We’re More Than Just Holiday Magic

The Detroit Goodfellows help area children throughout the year with these important programs.

Dental Program

In partnership with the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, the Detroit Goodfellows provide funding for children who can’t afford emergency and/or routine dental care. Each Detroit Goodfellows box also contains a dental kit that includes a toothbrush, toothpaste and more. Many thanks to our generous partners: Delta Dental Foundation, Quantum Labs, Patterson Dental Supply, Henry Schein Dental Supply, Benco Dental Supply, Midway Dental Supply and the Detroit District Dental Society.


The Detroit Goodfellows Campership Committee reviews various day and overnight camps in southeastern Michigan and then contributes to a specific camp so they can provide young people with an outdoor experience. Some programs funded by the Detroit Goodfellows in the past include the Detroit Police Department’s “Explorers,” the Detroit Fire Department Camp, Summer Jam and the Youth Turn program.

Shoe Program

The Detroit Goodfellows know how important it is to have a proper pair of shoes, especially in the wintertime. Children who can’t afford suitable footwear are identified in the school districts with which we work. They’re given a voucher to receive a pair of complementary shoes and the costs are turned over to the Goodfellows.

Scholarship Program

Each year, the Detroit Goodfellows spend up to $5,000 each year for two students to attend the School of Journalism at Wayne State University. The scholarship program is named “The Detroit Goodfellows Mike McCormick Scholarship” in honor of the late Detroit News editor Mike McCormick, a Goodfellows member and avid supporter.

How You Can Help


The Detroit Goodfellows could not do our important work on behalf of our community’s children without our members and their dedicated involvement. Many of this diverse group received packages as a child.


There are many ways you can make children know they’re not forgotten both at the holiday and throughout the year. See how you can help the Detroit Goodfellows make a difference.


Beautiful and imaginatively dressed dolls are included in our holiday gift boxes given to girls aged 4–9. Volunteers have creatively dressed the dolls for deserving young girls for generations, and we’re always looking for new volunteers. Stay tuned for details.

Thanks to Our Partners