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Goodfellows is a registered 501(c)3 local organization that provides christmas gifts to children in need every Christmas. Over 98% of all money raised is spent on gifts for the children in Sycamore & DeKalb.
Goodfellows has been around for over 80 years, and we have served over 10,000 children. In 2013, we served over 900 children (350 families) in DeKalb & Sycamore.
We are always looking for volunteers to help spread awareness about Goodfellows and donating time and money to our organization. We have partnered with youth groups, sports teams, church groups, school clubs, and families. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.
In 2013, we mentored a group of people interested in starting a Goodfellows organization in Genoa, IL. They shadowed us throughout 2013, learning about our process every step of the way. In November 2014 they will have their 1st fundraiser in order to buys christmas gifts for over 100 children in the Genoa Kingston area.
“No child left without Christmas”
“The Christmas season is at hand. Let us link our hands in warm friendship. Let us seek out the less blessed. Let us be ‘Goodfellows.’ Let us plant the seeds of cheer where cheer has not grown before. You are needed and blessings await all who answer. Be with us.”
History of the Goodfellows
It’s believed Goodfellows came about during the early 1900s with the newspaper boys. A rich gentleman was walking down the street on Christmas Eve and came across a young boy selling newspapers. The boy had no gloves and no warm coat. The rich gentleman struck up a conversation with the young boy and discovered there were others like him-working on Christmas Eve to make money for their families. He befriended the young boy, found out where he lived, and brought Christmas gifts for his entire family. He then contacted fellow businessmen and started a group to distribute gifts to the less fortunate at Christmas time.
Some say Goodfellows came about the same time as the “Toys for Tots” program. Originally Goodfellows supplied both toys and clothing for their recipients. Some clubs around the country still do that. Here in Sycamore we supply only clothing, because we believe in supplying basic needs of the children in our community.