As it has done for over 100 years, the Herald-Palladium is launching its annual Good Fellow Fund today to raise funds for area residents in need during the holidays.
The goal again this year is $ 35,000.
For the second year in a row, due to COVID-19, the newspaper will have to forgo the annual Newsie sale (founded in 1930) in which members of service clubs in the region take to the streets in early December to peddle special editions from The HP, all in the name of fundraising for the Good Fellow Fund. These service clubs are the Exchange Club of Southwest Michigan, the St. Joseph Lions Club, the St. Joseph Township Lions Club, and the Lakeshore Lions Club.
For years, the men and women of these clubs have invested heavily in the Newsie sale, which is just another way to give back to their community, and they are eager to return to the streets to help residents spread the joy of the Holidays. The hope is that they can start selling Newsies again in 2022. Some of these clubs will continue to fundraise for the Good Fellow Fund in other ways this year.
“The past year has been unusual to say the least, but even in a time of uncertainty this community stepped up and gave, helping to raise $ 42,330,” said David Holgate, editor of The HP. “Like last year, we won’t be doing the Newsie sale, but you have several ways to donate, either by sending a check or by using our dedicated site. As always, 100% of funds raised go to those who need it.
“We also wouldn’t be as successful without our area exchange club and various Lions clubs,” said Holgate.
The newspaper has set up an online portal to accept donations. Go to this web address for more details: www.TheHP.com/goodfellows. You can also send a check to The Herald-Palladium.
All money raised locally will be used to purchase Meijer Gift Cards to help eligible families chosen by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The journal will again cover all overhead costs.
So please consider making a donation to this year’s Good Fellow Fund. No donation is too small.
Thank you, Merry Christmas and be careful.