The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit is a 106-year-old charity founded in 1914 by James J. Brady. The organization includes 300 members whose sole mission is to ensure that there is “No Kiddie without a Christmas.” Each holiday season the Detroit Goodfellows distribute holiday gift boxes to children ages four through 13 living in Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and Ecorse (added in 2019). Each child receives warm clothing, toys, books, games, candy, a dental kit and more. We are currently shopping for 2020 and will post a list of items this spring. For a look at the content of the 2019 packages please click here 2019shoppinglistforholidayboxes.
The Detroit Goodfellows are directed by a Board of Directors and one full time Executive Director. In November 2019, a Director of Philanthropy was added to lead the organization’s efforts to raise more funds to serve more children in the metropolitan Detroit community. The Detroit Goodfellows are not affiliated with any other Goodfellow organization and there is no national headquarters. You will see our members out on the streets of Detroit each year on the Monday after Thanksgiving for our Sales Day event. You can donate any amount to purchase a paper. For more information on Sales Day and other annual events including our Tribute Breakfast fundraiser, please select the EVENTS page. All proceeds go towards the holiday gift program and our other programs. We are not just a Christmas charity. For information on our shoe, dental, scholarship and campership programs, please refer to our OTHER PROGRAMS page
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Detroit Goodfellows, please send a check payable to the Detroit Goodfellows to P.O. Box 44444, Detroit, MI 48244-0444. You may also make an online gift using PAYPAL by going to DONATE.