Seeing stories in the Messenger-Inquirer — much like this one — every holiday season that describe the work of the Goodfellows Club has become as much of a tradition as annual soup days or the club’s Christmas party, but those stories don’t just come from thin air.

Since the club’s mission began with Lawrence Hager’s original calls for community care, reporters in the newsroom have covered the annual Christmas party, spoke to people impacted by donations and have even been apart of the organization’s board.

Steve Vied, current features editor and member of the Goodfellows board, said the newspaper’s work with the club through the years has always encouraged him.

“It’s the one community tradition that’s outlived them all,” Vied said. “I’ve always been glad that it’s been associated with the newspaper. It’s one of the longest living fundraising drives there is.”

As the club grew over the years and began raising money for other projects than the party, reporter Keith Lawrence said the stories published also grew. He said there also another big change when he took over some of the call for donations in the 1970s.

“The byline used to be the Santa Claus editor,” Lawrence said. “They became a staff byline when I took over. I wasn’t going to be the Santa Clause editor.”

Lawrence said some of the favorite stories he has seen through the years came from notes donors have left about their experiences with Goodfellows.

Donors with a story they would like to share about what Goodfellows means to them can leave their information and a brief note with their donation.

To join, mail a contribution to Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42302, by bringing contributions to the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St. or online at

Goodfellows Roll Call, Nov. 27, 2017

Previously reported $33,310.45

In memory of Marvin Clark, Sr.

by Cynthia Clark Douthit $125

Owensboro Public Schools $101.02

Peter Purcell $100

In memory of Tom Payne by

Charlie and Lisa Castlen $50

Anonymous $50

Anonymous $42.68

Total as of Nov. 27, 2017 $33,779.15

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