Help the Goodfellows make a child’s Christmas merry

Front Row: Kellie Mullins, Sue Kowalski, Kim Zeppa, Vicki Ballentine. Back row: Russ Pickell, Shawn Filkins, Lou Ann Durand, Bill Beson, Andy Swift, Doug Drysdale

Take a look around your home. Do your children have lots of toys to play with? Is your pantry pretty full of food and treats?  

Well, for a large number of your fellow neighbors that’s not the situation.  We have several families amongst us that need just a little bit of help, especially during the holidays.

“No Child Left Without Christmas” is the motto of The Riverview Goodfellows. The group of volunteers will be selling their annual paper the “Riverview Razzberry” early next month. The sale dates are set for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 – 7.  

The tradition of selling newspapers started over 60 years ago. With funds raised from the sales of this paper combined with the financial assistance from several Riverview businesses the Riverview club assists about 100 needy families that live within its borders every year. The funds are used to purchase Christmas toys for nearly 150 children.

Each child 10 years old and younger will get a toy or two, while those older receive a gift card to purchase a toy or clothes of their choice. Meijer has been a fantastic support of the Goodfellows for many years by providing huge discounts and cash donations.

A team of several volunteers do the shopping for the families that are recommended by the applications received by the club. For more than 25 years students from the Riverview Community Schools have been conducting food drives to supplement the holiday meals to local food pantries.

All schools in the Riverview Community School District will be collecting canned goods as part of the campaign this year. The class at each school that collects the most canned goods will receive a pizza party paid for by the Goodfellows.

If you’d like to be part of the shopping for the children please email Sue Kowalski at sazzkow@aol.com for details.  

All we need is an hour of your time Thursday, Dec. 19. Then join your fellow elves for a pizza party at city hall.  

Also, if you’d like to help sell the Riverview Razzberry please email Doug Drysdale at ddrysdale@cityofriverview.com.

Send your donation to:  Riverview Goodfellows, P.O. Box 2245, Riverview, MI 48193.

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