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November 2, 2011

Goodfellows begins early-bird sign ups

Kokomo — The time for giving is upon us once again.

With Christmas just around the corner, the people at Goodfellows are announcing the annual early-bird sign ups for those in need.

Goodfellows, the oldest Christmas gift program in Howard County, provides for nearly 2,000 children each year.

Registration for this year is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and runs through Friday at 1401 N. Washington St., next to Marsh, said Jean Lushin, Goodfellows director.

Lushin also said the organization is seeking volunteers to help with sign ups and shopping. For people wishing to volunteer for the sign-up process, there is an orientation program one hour before the sign ups. While most of the process remains the same as last year, it’s always good to be prepared, Lushin said.

Started by Kokomo Tribune employees in 1911 and made up of volunteers, Goodfellows spends about $120,000 annually on clothing for needy children, with the majority of donations coming from WWKI’s We Care program and individual donations.

Regular sign ups are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 at that same location. There will be one evening registration session from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1.

The volunteers then help recipients redeem vouchers for children’s clothing at Meijer from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 through Dec. 15.

• Mike Fletcher, Tribune reporter, may be reached at 765-454-8565 or via e-mail at mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com

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