A local man is challenging fellow retired veterans to help fund the Goodfellows Club.

Don Everitt Sr., of Owensboro, submitted his own $100 donation to the organization that uses community funds to improve the qualities of life for hundreds of local children. Everitt, who served in the Air Force and Army, said he believes it is partly the responsibility of retired veterans to use their time and additional income to support such organizations and help area youth reach their potential.

“A lot of retirees are pretty well off,” Everitt said. “For those who are, I think they ought to give back to their community. This place has been here for me, and I want to be there for it.”

He moved to Owensboro in 1999 after serving in a special operations unit in Thailand during the Vietnam War and then a careerlong stint in the Army where he spent two years in Korea, one in Germany and retired from Fort Benning, Georgia. Everitt said he enjoyed the travel involved with military service, and he appreciates the discipline and self-worth he gained from superiors.

Everitt said he has been spending much of the holiday season giving back to children and the less fortunate in and around Owensboro. Now retired from service, he said, it’s still his duty to serve.

Anyone can donate to the Goodfellows Club at any time of the year. Donations can be made to Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, P.O. Box 1480 Owensboro, KY 42303, or by bringing contributions to the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St. or online atgoodfellowsclubofowensboro.org/contribute.

Donations are down $22,000 this year, so readers are urged to become a club member with a donation.

Goodfellows Roll Call, Dec. 24, 2016

Previously reported … $91,364.39

Messenger Inquirer employees Soup Day for Kids $661

In memory of Dick, Jeff, Mom, and Dad … for all the good times! $500

Friends of J.T. No Shave November ............$313

Mike and Denise O’Bryan $100

In loving memory of parents and grandparents by Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Weatherholt, Jr. ........................................ $100

In memory of Bandit $100

In memory of Baxter $100

In memory of James and Margaret Alsup … $50

In memory of Hunter and Alex Glass and in honor of Catherine Glass … $50

In memory of George Clark by

Mike and Lea Clark … $50

Anonymous … $25

In memory of Bonnie Carter, We love and miss you! Mark, Terri, and Emily … $20

Total as of Dec. 24, 2016 … $93,433.39

Austin Ramsey, 270-691-7302, aramsey@messenger-inquirer.com, Twitter: @austinrramsey

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