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November 1, 2013

Goodfellows begins registration

The Christmas fundraiser helps buy clothes for the needy.

Early registration for Goodfellows is set for next week at the Center Township Trustee Office.

Instead of registering on North Washington Street next to Marsh as it has been in past years, this year’s registration was moved to Center Township Trustee office, located 213 E. Jefferson St., said Jean Lushin, Goodfellows director.

People wishing to sign up at the early bird registration can do so from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the East Jefferson Street address. Regular registration is expected to be after Thanksgiving. Dates will be released when they become available.

Made up of volunteers, Goodfellows spends more than $100,000 annually on clothing for needy children, with the majority of donations coming from WWKI’s We Care program and individual donations.

The fundraiser’s goal is to provide parents with a voucher to buy needed clothes for the kids so they can buy toys with what money they do have, said Lushin.

Started in 1911 by Kokomo Tribune employees, the fundraiser has grown into a non-profit organization raising thousands of dollars each year for the needy.

For people wishing to volunteer for the sign-up process, there is an orientation program one hour prior to sign-ups. While most of the process remains the same as last year, it’s always good to be prepared, Lushin said.

After the registration process, the organization hits the aisles of Meijer to help parents shop for their kids in December.

Requirements

Applicants must bring the following to registration for Goodfellows benefits:

• Picture identification for all adult members of the household that indicates applicant is a resident of Howard County. An Indiana driver’s license or ID card will be accepted. A First City Rider card will not be accepted.

• Social Security numbers for all members of the household. This must be in the form of either Social Security cards or printouts from the Social Security Office or FSSA.

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