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Nearly crawling over the side of the shopping cart, 3-year-old Finn Johnson eagerly reached for a can of tuna to help his sister and parents distribute food into boxes that will go out to local individuals and families being assisted this holiday season by the Goodfellows.

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Open spots were hard to come by along the tables that served as wrapping stations for Goodfellows presents at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

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Wrapping paper added the finishing touches on gifts to be included in this year’s Goodfellows boxes going out to more than 200 families in the community.

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Christmas treats and hot apple cider capped the evening Monday for Hastings Noon Sertoma’s annual service project, assembling about 550 boxes for the 2018 Goodfellows campaign.

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After decades of volunteering to help the Goodfellows program, Chief Goodfellow Dan Orr is stepping up to take a leadership role in the organizational side of the annual food and toy drive.

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Applications begin Monday for the Hastings Tribune’s annual Goodfellows program, which provides food and toys to area families for the holiday season.

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As the Christmas Express chugs toward its final destination, the Goodfellows’ nice list is still full enough to accommodate additional families needing a helping hand this holiday season.

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What has been dubbed “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in song becomes precisely that locally each year, thanks in part, to the generosity of those participating in the Goodfellows program.

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When Hastings Tribune writer Shay Burk asked her husband, Tim, to lend a helping hand loading boxes filled with food and toys for the Goodfellows program, he offered no resistance in reply.

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More than 50 volunteers helped wrap hundreds of presents Thursday at the Adams County Fairgrounds during the final night of preparation for the Goodfellows program.

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With the holiday season nearing full swing, upwards of 60 people finished filling more than 600 boxes with food, household paper products and gift items as a part of the Goodfellows program Wednesday night at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

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The tradition and spirit driving year No. 90 of the Goodfellows program was in full vigor Tuesday night as Tribune employees, their families and other volunteers filled more than 600 boxes with food items at Adams County Fairgrounds in preparation for delivery day on Christmas Eve.

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In his first time of helping with Goodfellows, Shaun Robinson embraced the opportunity to use a tape gun and put together dozens of cardboard boxes.

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The number of families to be served next week by the Hastings Tribune’s Goodfellows program is as high as it has been in recent memory.

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For the 90th straight year, the Goodfellows program is counting on the generosity of the local community to make the Christmas season bright for those needing a helping hand to bring their holiday dreams to life.

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Like they have for more than 40 years, Owen and Jeff Waechter lined up Saturday morning at the Adams County Fairgrounds to pick up and deliver Goodfellows boxes.

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Helping children has long been the mission of the TeamMates mentoring program, so helping with the Hastings Tribune’s Goodfellows program seemed like the natural thing to do.

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What started off in 1926 when then-publisher Adam Breede and his editor Harry Smith of the Hastings Tribune wanted to serve as “good fellows” to less fortunate families within the community, has blossomed into a Tribune tradition.

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An annual Hastings Tribune tradition kicked off today with the taking of the first donations to be given over the holiday season for the newspaper’s Goodfellows program.

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