Letters reflect gratitude for gifts

Stores did brisk business on Black Friday as shoppers sought out bargains and loaded up their SUVs with gifts of clothing, electronics and other items in preparation for a big Christmas Day.

But there were some families who didn’t take part in the mad spending dash — the ones whose primary goal is keeping the kids fed, healthy and warm during the winter months. Such families have been recipients of Goodfellows Club donations. The Goodfellows Club is a local charitable organization that provides clothing, shoes, coats and emergency dental and medical care for children in need.

The following are excerpts from letters sent by children thanking the Goodfellows Club for their help.

“Thank you for letting us get clothes from Walmart. Thank you for giving us this special surprise. I love getting new clothes. Thank you so much. I wish I could give you guys something back.”

Another child wrote a thank-you letter for a coat she received.

“Without one, I’d be so cold,” she wrote.

One girl made a hand-drawn card with “thank you” on the front in red, pink, orange and purple crayon colors. On the inside, she drew a sun with beams coming down on a curly-haired girl in a red dress and broad smile. The note read, “Thank you for my clothes so much. I like them.”

One letter arrived with the words “peace” and “love” around the border and the message, “I just want to say thank you for all your help. Without your help, my mom would have struggled more than she already does, so thanks from the bottom of my heart.”

Parents also wrote letters of thanks.

“I’m a single mom and it’s hard to take care of four kids on your own, so I am so glad that there is a program like Goodfellows that offers families help that are less-fortunate.”

Donations can be made to Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42302, by bringing contributions to the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St. or online at goodfellowsclubofowensboro.org/contribute/.

Today’s Roll Call

Previously reported …$3,938.73

Goodfellows Soup Day for Kids …$6,240.36

The Younger Woman’s Club of Owensboro … $100

Anonymous … $45

Foust Family Resource Center … $22

Anonymous … $16.10

Anonymous …$5

Total as of Nov. 27 … $10,367.19

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