Goodfellows newspaper fundraiser kicks off

- The old newsboys were on parade through Detroit Monday, kicking off their annual Goodfellows newspaper fundraiser.

This year's goal is to raise $1.1 million to spread holiday cheer to children in need.

"At a time of need like now, we're kicking off the holiday season," said Sgt. Jamal Hamood of Detroit police. "We would like it if everyone came out and gave a little bit that will help out a lot."

Hamood is one of many Detroit police officers and firefighters in the city of Detroit, volunteering off the clock for Goodfellows.

"It’s nice to have in a hardworking city like Detroit, so many fantastic people that are willing to give so much and help so many others," Hamood said.

Waving special editions of the paper by the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, Hamood sells the paper to drivers at a stoplight.

"I think it's very important, especially for the children," said one motorist.

Hamood and volunteers like him, take any donation, even your pocket change.

Donations will pay for socks, gloves, books and dolls for Detroit area children who are in need this Christmas.

"You see so much violence and hurt in the world," Hamood said. "It's nice to be able to give, and have a positive day for a change."

Some of the drivers who stopped, were once helped by Goodfellows themselves.

"When I was younger, Goodfellows was there for us," said one woman. "And now that we are able to wear giving back."

"It's very important because I had a kid there once," said another motorist.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of old newsboys sales on the city's streets, Hamood is proud to wear his Santa hat and keep the tradition alive.

"I'm greeted with a lot of smiles and thank yous," Hamood said. "It's a nice day and the weathers not too bad either. The sun is shining on us today."

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