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residents should be familiar with the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association
selling newspapers in parking lots and shopping centers.
been doing it one day every December for the last 83 years. It's an
organization with a rich history and simple purpose.
know firsthand about the good works the Old Newsboys do," said Toledo City
Councilman Michael Craig.
paper sale is personal for Craig, who has been involved with the Old Newsboys and
selling papers for 25 years. But it's what happened when he was a young boy
that still makes him choke up when he talks about the organization.
and food – they may seem like small things," he said. "Unless you're not use to
having those types of things."
year, hundreds of volunteers take to street corners and shopping centers in
Toledo to raise money that will be used all year to provide coats, shoes, meals
and holiday baskets for kids who would otherwise go without.
gives people some sense of dignity, where they're not getting something that's
been worn or used," said Tracey Edwards, paper sale chair for the organization.
people that we serve, they do deserve to be taken care of," added Emmett
Beavers, Jr., who has been selling papers for 55 years.
the Jefferson Center basement in downtown Toledo, there is a small room full of
the organization's history. As old as the Old Newsboys himself, 83-year-old
Richard Buchholz has been working hard to preserve this Toledo tradition.
are pictures, papers, scrapbooks and meeting minutes that date all the way back
to the beginning, in 1929.
was president of the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association in 1982. Now he takes
his jobs as official historian very seriously. He's even writing a book that
covers 80 years of this 100 percent volunteer organization's history.
people don't believe I'm as old as I am, because I'm so darn happy. That's what
keeps me looking young, ‘cause I'm really happy that I've got a chance to do
this," he said. "One of the things why we get so much money is because we give
it all away."
secret to a good paper sale?
the weather is worse, the donations go up," said Rob Wiercinski.
not like we're hitting them three, four, five times a year," added Jake Renz, a
Newsboy. "They know one time a year, the Newsboys are out there in front of
them with those red jugs and those guys selling the papers."
headline: $8.6 million raised in the last 83 years, and every dollar of it has
stayed right here in the Toledo community. Reading between the lines, you see
the people like Councilman Craig, whose lives are forever changed by the good
work of the Newsboys. Those people want to pay it forward.
involved in the Old Newsboys, you know, it's a debt of gratitude," Craig said.