Goodfellows program all about giving back

Skyler Duering, 6, helps his grandmother Angie Duering load boxes with
pop for Goodfellows Tuesday at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Giving back to the community and helping the less fortunate is what Goodfellows is all about.

Tuesday night, volunteers gathered at the Adams County Fairgrounds and pushed around grocery carts filled with food items to be packed into boxes that will be delivered to about 200 needy families who are participating in this year's Goodfellows program.

Dan Orr, production manager at the Hastings Tribune, and his family have been volunteering with Goodfellows since the late 1970s.

"This is what Christmas is about," Orr said. "It's a chance for all of us to come together and help those who are less fortunate. The organizations that work along with Goodfellows do a great job at making sure that no family slips through the cracks and receive food and gift boxes."

The Tribune's Goodfellows program was started in 1926 when then-publisher Adam Breede and editor Harry Smith wanted to serve as good fellows to less fortunate families.

Kelly Brodrick of Hastings and her husband, Bryce, along with their daughter, Lexi, took time out of their busy schedule Tuesday evening to help with Goodfellows this Christmas season.

"We want to do our part and give back and volunteering for Goodfellows is a good and easy way to do that," Kelly said. "Christmas is the season of giving, and that is what we want to do."

Seeing the rows of boxes of food being packed to be donated was a real eye-opener to the Brodrick family.

"You don't realize how many people are in need until you come here and see all these boxes lined up and being packed with food and gifts," Kelly said. "It really makes you feel blessed and fortunate for everything that you do have."

Along with distributing food among boxes, volunteers also were sorting through the hundreds of toys that were dropped into donation boxes at area schools and businesses. Those toys will be placed into boxes, as well, to be sent along with the food for families who have children age 10 and under.

Volunteers will spend this evening combing through the selection of various gifts for specific gender and aged children and will box them up so they can be picked up by the families on Friday or delivered to them by Goodfellows volunteers Saturday morning.

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