The staff at Sorgho Elementary School has seen first-hand how the Goodfellows Club helps children in need.
Goodfellows is known largely for its annual Christmas party for children who otherwise wouldn't have much of a Christmas. But it's in the schools where Goodfellows does its most important work.
"Goodfellows is a blessing for the community," said Lucas Vilorio, Family Resource Center coordinator at Sorgho.
In the years that Vilorio has been at the schools, he has seen Goodfellows provide needed clothes for students and even cover the cost of some dental care.
So it was natural that Vilorio, and the Sorgho staff, would want to give back. This week, they will do just that when they hold their annual Christmas pot luck fundraiser, with the proceeds going to Goodfellows.
Goodfellows works in the schools year-round, but winter is especially important.
"This is the perfect time of year" to support Goodfellows, Vilorio said, because "kids don't have the right clothing." Goodfellows provides new clothes, shoes and winter coats to students who otherwise would wear second-hand clothing, or items that don't fit.
"It's amazing to see a little child in the morning after we purchase the clothes," Vilorio said.
Because Goodfellows has always had the support of the community, he said he is never hesitant to turn to the non-profit group to assist a child.
"Any time we need them, they are there," Vilorio said. "... We do need the community to understand that when you give to this organization, you should have no doubt this money is going to the right place and is putting kids first."
Contributions to the Goodfellows Club can be mailed to or dropped off at the newspaper office, 1401 Frederica St. Owensboro, Ky, 42301. Donations can also be made online at goodfellowsclubofowensboro.org/contribute.
Goodfellows Roll Call, Dec. 11, 2019
Previously reported $43,506.56
Our Mother and Father were strong advocates for children. Their five sons continue that legacy $2,500
In honor of our family by Ernie and Nadine Shock $500
Kappa Kappa Iota National Professional Organization of Educators, Delta Chapter, Owensboro, KY $205
In memory of Earnestine DeJarnatt and Dr. William Gabbert by the Beacon Sunday School class of First Baptist Church $200
In memory of our parents, John and Mary Jacobi and Leonard and Bernice Worth by Ken and Gayle Jacobi $200
In honor of our "Greats"; Iona, Etain, Rhett, and Zoe by MeMe and Pop $200
Maxine and Bob Goebel $200
In memory of parents by Dr. and Mrs. Noel Maddox $100
In memory of the Johnson family; Kermit, Sallie, Don, and David by Nancy O'Bryan $100
In memory of my husband, James Lony Thomson by Henrietta Thomson Thomson Machinery Co. $100
Mary Hughes $100
In memory of B.C. and Clara Green by Suzette and Nathan Nunley $100
In loving memory of Herman and Anna Royal, Effie Hawkins, Clarence and Lessie Ford, and Icie Trogdon by Sharon and Patsy $100
Gates F. Young Trust $100
Evan and Kathryn Grant $100
In honor of Kim and Tom by Dr. and Mrs. Noel Maddox $50
In memory of Norm Williams, Gerald Vaught, Ray Stevens, Betty Sauter, and Tony Sauter by Marge Williams $50
In loving memory of Matt Newcomb $35
In loving memory of Jim Burns by wife and family $30
In memory of J.D. Payne, Dec. 11 on his birthday by family $25
In memory of Justus Otto Bratcher by Ina Marie Bratcher $25
Total as of Dec. 11, 2019 $48,906.56