The Goodfellows food and toy drive program has been reaching out to needy families in Adams County since 1926. And while the aim of bringing joy to the holidays of those who may otherwise have gone without remains the same, there have been occasional changes through the years as to how that goal is accomplished.
For starters, the program was initially known as Good Fellows rather than Goodfellows. It was taken over by Fred Seaton when he acquired the newspaper in 1938. In the early days, the local fire department played a large role in the drive, painting and refurbishing the collected toys.
In earlier years, bicycles and tricycles were among the more cherished gifts distributed. These would be refurbished as needed and doled out to all children of a certain age. But delivering bikes turned out to be a difficult proposition for volunteers, many who delivered several boxes of toys to families each year and didn't have the space in their vehicles for them.
Today, more than 200 families benefit from the Goodfellows program each year, said Tribune owner Don Seaton.