Stout, now 18 and living in Henderson, remembers her family needing assistance for three years when she was a child or few gifts would have been under the tree. She was 6, 7 and 8 at the time.
She recalls the Christmas party at the Sportscenter.
“They had a bunch of people dressed up, and we got to go around and pick gifts from each table,” Stout said.
Her favorite gift was a Doodle Bear. It came with a pen so kids could draw on the stuffed animals, toss them in the wash and start all over again.
“I had it for four or five years. I couldn’t quit playing with it,” she said.
Another favorite was a Polly Pocket, a doll that came in a pocket-size case. Stout carried it in her purse for years — until she lost the purse.
Goodfellows saved her from the embarrassment of not being able to list all the gifts she received when she returned to school after the holiday season. “When other kids were saying, ‘I got this from Santa or that from Santa,’ I could, too. Without Goodfellows, I would have felt left out,” Stout said.
She attended Owensboro High School during her freshman and sophomore years. Then, she moved to Henderson.
see recipient/page b3
But before she left Owensboro, she returned Goodfellows’ favor. She volunteered at the Christmas party, dressing up like a Christmas gift.
“It gives you a good feeling to give back to something that gave to you for so many years,” Stout said.
You can help by sending donations to Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42302, by bringing contributions to the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St. or online at goodfellowsclubofowensboro.org/contribute/.
Goodfellows Roll Call, Dec. 6, 2017
Previously reported … $51,998.53
Henry E. and Mary Williams LaRue
O’Bryan … $2,500
In memory of Marjorie and John
Hager by Aimee and Josh … $1,000
Sheri and Scott Plain, Jr. … $1,000
William M. and Sherry O’Bryan … $1,000
Beacon Sunday School Class of First
Baptist Church … $200
Anonymous … $200
Estes Elementary No Shave November
Club … $185
Heritage Park High School staff … $112
Wayne and Laura Edge … $100
In memory of Clara and B.C. Green by
Suzette and Nathan Nunley … $100
In memory of my siblings: John D.
Byrne, Jr. and Sister Elaine Byrne … $100
In memory of our parents: Mr. and
Mrs. John S. Fulkerson and Mr. and
Mrs. John D. Byrne, Sr. … $100
In memory of my siblings: Larry
Fulkerson, Bill Fulkerson, Doug
Fulkerson, Norma Medley, Anna
Clements and Mary Kennedy … $100
Tom and Rose Whitsett …. $100
In memory of Debbie (Doo) Terry … $100
In memory of Donna Calhoun … $100
In loving memory of James Hawkins
love, Dumpie … $100
A friend … $100
In memory of my husband, Emmett
(Toby) Purdy by Nancy Purdy … $100
In memory of Suzanne Ahnell and
Ellie Magnuson by Kirsten Ahnell and
W.L. Magnuson … $100
William McIntyre … $100
In memory of Bobby Ray Tarrants, Sr.
by Kiwanis Club of Owensboro … $50
In loving memory of Bill and Kathleen
Rocco by Steve and Linda Rocco … $50
In memory of Katherine T.
Bickwermert … $50
In honor of Paul A. Bickwermert … $50
In memory of Margaret Payne … $50
In memory of Charles (John)
Payne … $50
In memory of Nita Hayes by Terry
Wigton … $50
In memory of Bobby Watson by
Terry Wigton … $50
In memory of Rick Nash by Terry
Wigton … $50
In memory of Gerald Poynter by
Terry Wigton … $50
In memory of deceased members of
Jubilee Homemakers; Mary Miller,
Alice Jolly, Elsie Basham, Peggy
Head, and Nancye Kelley … $40
In memory of Spencer and Andrea
Stephen by Karen … $40
Donnie and Anna Piper… $25
Edwin and Diane Stafford … $25
In memory of James Albert Sweeney
on his birthday, Dec. 7 … $25
In memory of Lisa Carol Sweeney on
her birthday, Dec. 9 … $25
In memory of N.M. “Chuck” Leisure … $25
In memory of Pauline Leisure Boyd
and James H. Boyd … $25
The total for the 77th Messiah should
have been … $4,791.03
The corrected total for Dec. 5, 2017
should have been … $52,008.53
Total as of Dec. 6, 2017 … $60,235.53