Goodfellows launches 98th year of serving families

About 20 local schools and businesses serve as drop points for new toys for the Hastings Tribune's annual Goodfellows program, which, traditionally, is launched the day after Thanksgiving.

The collection boxes were delivered Monday.

They will remain at each location until Dec. 16.

"We serve children from birth up to 10 years old and so it's just important to have a variety for each of those age groups to distribute," said Linda Swayze, one of the program's coordinators. "We never know for sure how much we're going to have of each age."

Swayze said that when there's a shortage of toys for either boys or girls or a certain age group, Goodfellows volunteers purchase toys at the last minute to fill those voids using money donated to the Goodfellows program.

Most of the monetary donations go toward the purchase of food that is placed in the Goodfellows boxes along with the toys.

"It's very important for the donations because we serve over 200 families and so grocery-wise the bill can be pretty steep when it comes to what we put in the boxes," Swayze said. "We've been very fortunate over the years because of the generosity of so many people who kindly donate to the program."

The Tribune's Goodfellows program began in 1926 when publisher Adam Breede and editor Harry Smith decided to serve as "good fellows" to less fortunate families.

As Breede and Smith discussed the idea with people around town, more people and businesses got involved. Before long, the Goodfellows program became a community tradition that continues today.

Toys and cash donations are accepted at the Tribune, 908 W. Second St. Checks can be mailed to the Tribune, attention Goodfellows, P.O. Box 788, Hastings NE, 68902.

The following is a list of drop locations for toys:
Adams Central, 1090 S. Adams Central Ave.
Alcott Elementary, 313 N. Cedar Ave.
Hastings Middle School, 201 N. Marian Road
Hastings High School, 1100 W. 14th St.
Hawthorne Elementary, 2200 W. Ninth St.
Juniata Elementary, 512 N. Brass Ave.
Lincoln Elementary, 720 S. Franklin Ave.
Longfellow Elementary, 828 N. Hastings Ave.
Morton Elementary, 731 N. Baltimore Ave.
Wallace Elementary, 2975 S. Baltimore Ave.
Watson Elementary, 1720 Crane Ave.
Zion Lutheran School, 465 S. Marian Road
Adams Central East, 1970 E. 12th St.

Allen's Superstore, 1115 W. Second St.
Dollar General, 705 W. Second St.
Hastings Tribune, 908 W. Second St.
Russ's Market, 611 N. Burlington Ave.
Bimbo Bakery, 317 S. Elm Ave.
Sun Mart, 920 S. Burlington Ave.

Hastings Tribune $200.00
Wells Fargo $300.00
Past Presidents Parley of the American Legion Auxiliary $10.00
Hastings Saddle Club $25.00
Total $535.00

To read more, see Friday's Hastings Tribune or the Tribune e-edition.>

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