A joyful Frankie Hager sat on the front pew at Third Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon, smiling and clapping along to the violins and voices of the Owensboro Choral Society at the 74th annual "Messiah" performance to benefit the Goodfellows Club of Owensboro.
There's no way that Tom May could have known in December 1906, when he drew an editorial cartoon for the now-defunct Detroit Evening Journal, that his work would still be inspiring people 108 years later in a city far away from Detroit.
As a child, Sally Hager Wood attended Goodfellows Club Christmas parties with her late father, John Hager, and late grandfather, Lawrence Hager Sr., when they were still on Christmas Day.
Each year during the Goodfellows Roll Call, countless individuals and schools remind the community of how this non-profit organization helps children who have specific needs, such as clothes that fit and are seasonally appropriate, shoes, coats and medical and dental attention.
In 1897, Francis Pharcellus Church, 58, a lead editorial writer on his brother's newspaper, the New York Sun, wrote words that are still cherished by readers 117 years later.
The Goodfellows Club is a local charitable organization that provides clothing, shoes, coats and emergency dental and medical care for children in need, and sometimes that help is needed unexpectedly.
Every year, the Goodfellows Club helps more than 1,000 needy children, and the parents and youngsters show their appreciation by writing letters of thanks, and they also donate to the organization if they have a few precious spare dollars.
Today kicks off the Owensboro Goodfellows Club's 99th annual community appeal for money to provide shoes, clothing and a Christmas party for disadvantaged children.
It didn't take long for Third Baptist Church's Fireside Room to fill up with the aroma of hot soup and chili, and people eager to sample it all at Tuesday's Goodfellows Club Soup Day for Kids.
The Goodfellows Club of Owensboro will hold its annual Soup Day for Kids from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Third Baptist Church, and officials hope to outdo last year's record fundraising of $8,058.53.