Familiar sign marks donation progress

The Goodfellows sign at the corner of Frederica and 14th streets has been erected in its familiar spot in front of the Messenger-Inquirer building, displaying the donation progress for the charitable organization.

The sign shows a candle with lines designating each level of giving, in $10,000 increments up to $150,000, that the club receives.

The goal this year is $154,255, the same as was donated last year.

“The purpose of the sign is a visual indicator to the public of how Goodfellows is performing each year,” said Goodfellows Club President Tom Greer. “It serves as a reminder to the community that we’re here in Owensboro, and we’re helping serve.”

The Goodfellows Club is a local charitable organization that provides clothing, shoes, coats and emergency dental and medical care for children in need. Another role the Goodfellows Club fulfills is making Christmas special for children. The final event of the 96th annual Goodfellows Club Christmas appeal will be the Christmas party at the Sportscenter on Dec. 24.

The candle is updated as needed, Greer said.

“You pay attention to it, but you have to remember a lot of it is timing,” he said. “It depends when the donations come in. You can’t be overly concerned if donations are down one or two days compared to last year (at this time).

“A large majority of the people who contribute to Goodfellows do it year after year because they see the benefit of it, they see the value, but things are going on during the Christmas season and they may have brought their donation in on the second (of December) last year and it may be the fifth or sixth this year.”

Greer said Owensboroans have big hearts and have been generous every year, during good times and bad. He said people who have been helped by Goodfellows when they were young appreciated the assistance and donate now as adults.

Donations can be made to Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, P.O. Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42302; or by bringing contributions to the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St.

Today’s Roll Call

Daviess County Public Schools……………………….$3,012

Anonymous……………………………$91.55

Anonymous………………………………..$91

Owensboro Public Schools………….$50

Anonymous………………………………..$25

Anonymous………………………………..$20

Total as of Nov. 25……………..$3,289.55

Goodfellows Club of Owensboro
401 Frederica Street B203
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301