Numerous personal letters and cards carrying the words of “thank you” to the Goodfellows Club are proof to the local charity that its efforts are working.

They come from the families that are helped by Goodfellows during Christmas and throughout the year.

Lisa McCarty, Goodfellows chairwoman, said the letters mean a lot to her and the rest of the board.

“The letters validate the hard work and dedication the many volunteers contribute throughout the year,” she said. “The Goodfellows Club relies on the generosity of the community to fill the gaps that some families face at this time of the year.”

The letters are sincere and heartfelt, displaying the gratitude of those who were aided by Goodfellows in their time of need.

“Thank you so very much for purchasing clothes for my two girls,” one mother wrote. “I am so glad we have a program like this to help low-income families like us. I am enclosing $1 because that’s all I have. I don’t receive more in child support until next week. I am sorry I can’t give more after what you’ve done for us.”

One letter was sent from a grandmother who was grateful for the new clothing that her granddaughter received.

“... It’s hard raising grandkids on a fixed income so God bless you,” she wrote. “It’s the end of the month. I don’t have any money left — not even one dollar. Please forgive me for not having any money. But from the bottom of my heart I thank you.”

Goodfellows Club is a local charitable organization that raises money for clothing, shoes, coats and emergency dental and medical care for area children in need.

McCarty said it’s the people and organizations in Daviess County that donate to Goodfellows each year that make the difference in the lives of these families.

“We are very fortunate to live in a community that cares so much about each other,” she said.

Donations can be made to Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42302, or by bringing contributions to the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St. or online at goodfellowsclubofowensboro.org/contribute/.

Compared to this time last year, donations are down $22,000, so readers are urged to become a club member with a donation.

For a donation to be published in the Roll Call by Christmas, it must be made by 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23.

Goodfellows Roll Call, Dec. 23, 2016

Previously reported … $86,301.39

Ebelhar Whitehead PLLC Soup Day for Kids … $1,640

Anonymous … $1,500

In memory of Marvin Clark, Sr., founder of Clark Restaurant Service, Inc. by the Clark family … $873

Owensboro Human Relations Commission … $150

In memory of Jay Puckett by his family … $100

In memory of Larry Hager by Ed and Evolyn Allen … $100

In honor of Dr. J. Russell Ross and staff, for compassionate care … $100

In memory of Ronnie Norris by Betty, Jane, and Landy … $100

In memory of Mike Sorensen by Tracy and Debra Thacker … $100

In memory of Ralph and Dorothy Thacker by Tracy and Debra Thacker … $100

In memory of our parents, Mike and Emogene Tierney, and

Louis Wedding by Larry and Susan Tierney … $100

In memory of Rod Tuley … $50

In honor of George and Debbie Claiborne by David and Kelly Moore … $50

In memory of Rowland and Mildred Story, Jesse and

Dorothy McIntyre, and Millard and Verna Mae Hurt … $25

In memory of our dad, Richard J. Hutchinson by Dan and Debbie Hutchinson … $25

In memory of our dad, James W. VanFleet by Dan and Debbie Hutchinson … $25

In honor of Mary Sublett’s 84th birthday by David and Suzi … $25

Total as of Dec. 23, 2016 .. $91,364.39

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