If anyone can see the benevolence resulting from the Goodfellows Club of Owensboro, it is school officials or people who work directly with kids every day.

School Family Resource Centers often act as liaisons between families in need and the Goodfellows in order to provide services.

Dave Kirk, spokesman for Owensboro Public Schools, said recently that district employees and staff members do a few fundraisers in an effort to contribute what they can to the cause.

At the central office level, OPS staff members have a soup cook-off where every department provides a soup. When employees go to vote for the best soup, they contribute a dollar, or more. They make it fun by having a competition to see which department makes the “best” soup, and which department can contribute the most money.

Employees of the transportation department are the reining champs, Kirk said.

But they don’t do it for the glory.

Every person involved does it because they enjoy the organization that has been around for more than 100 years, helping the children of Owensboro and Daviess County.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find an organization that helps our students as much as Goodfellows,” Kirk said. “For several of our students, that’s how their Christmas comes every year.”

He said OPS as a staff believes in giving to the organization because they believe in their students, and because of all the students who benefit.

“This is just a cool way for us to give back in our own special way,” he said.

Last year OPS raised more than $1,800 for the Goodfellows Club.

Contributions to the Goodfellows Club can be mailed to: Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, P.O. Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42302. Donations can also be dropped off at the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St. People can also contribute online at goodfellowsclubofowensboro.org/contribute.

Goodfellows Roll Call, Dec. 13, 2017

Previously reported ... $72,118.53

In loving memory of John and Marjorie Hager and Uncle Larry Hager by the Bruce and Lia Hager Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation ... $10,000

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc. Soup Day for Kids ...

Anonymous cash donations ... $2,071

In memory of Virginia Glahn by Carl and Tammy Glahn ... $200

Total for Southern Star Soup Day For Kids ... $2,271

In memory of Nicky Hayden by a grant from the Community

Foundation of Louisville ... $1,500

Texas Gas Transmission, LLC ... $1,000

In memory of Steve Wahler by First General Baptist Church ... $330

Dr. and Mrs. David Medley ... $200

William and Christine Speciale ... $200

In memory of Ola Mae and Jack

Calhoun by Jackie and Tom Maddox ... $150

In memory of our deceased loved ones

By Norris and Elise McDivitt ... $100

In honor of our “Greats,” Iona, Etain, And Rhett by MeMe and Pop ... $100

In loving memory of Walter Elder by his wife, Sue ... $100

In honor of Cecil H. Street by Anna Street ... $100

In memory of James and Jean Kizer ... $100

In memory of our parents by Charles and Linda ... $100

In memory of Walker and Kathryn Sweeney by Zoe, Daniel, Melany, and Drew ... $100

Paul Morsey ... $100

The Men’s Bible Class of First Presbyterian Church ... $100

In memory of Bertha A. West, Ed Basinger, Bill and Glennie Wright, and William G. Dobbs ... $100

In memory of Jim Lovett by Bob and Sylvia Lovett ... $100

In memory of Charles Moorman ... $100

David and Bonnie Bivins ... $100

In loving memory of Rebecca Julius Perkins, an advocate for childre,n by Jean Julius ... $100

In loving memory of Charles M. Gilles by the Gilles family ... $100

In memory of my baby brother, Jim Frantz, 12/2/62 by Dan Frantz ... $100

In loving memory of Al Owens by Lois and family ... $100

In honor of Larry Hager by Vanessa Hager Roff ... $100

In memory of Randall and Wanda Aull by Thomas Aull ... $100

In memory of Thomas and Dorothy Mattingly ... $50

In memory of Paul, Denise, and Maxine Carrico ... $50

In memory of George D. Clark by Tony and Brenda Eaden ... $50

In memory of Justin Adcock by Tammy LeCates and Dixie LeCates ... $50

In memory of my grandson/friend, Cody Scott Glover who passed away on Sept. 3, 2017 by R.M. “Poppy” Miller ... $50

In memory of Roy Dickens by Suzy Madewell ... $50

In memory of Rex and Ruth Huff by Suzy Madewell ... $50

In memory of Jimmy Madewell by David Madewell ... $50

In memory of David House by Martha Kurre House ... $30

In memory of Mary Margaret Kurre and Jane Kurre Elliott by the Kurre family ... $30

In loving memory of our parents, Grace and George Burge, and our sister,

Brenda Mason by Ann Duggins, Betty Walkosak, and Steve Burge ... $30

In loving memory of Robert Rose by Lucille Rose ... $25

In memory of Marc W. Benson, Love, Mom, sisters, Danielle, Allison, and brother in law, Brad ... $25

In memory of J.D. Payne on his birthday, Dec. 11 by family ... $25

In loving memory of my husband, Bill Banczak by Lorraine Banczak ... $25

Total as of Dec. 13, 2017 ... $90,259.53

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