Thanks to the Goodfellows Club of Owensboro, and so many other service organizations that heed the holiday call for help, many children all over the region can have a happy Christmas Day, no matter their family circumstances.

That’s what Lisa McCarty likes to remember on the day of cheer. This year’s club president said, after the annual Christmas party, and as fundraising winds down before the new year, she likes to take a moment to remember the experiences of low income families and children all over the region, state, nation and world, and remember the reason for a season of giving.

“What makes Goodfellows so successful is the giving our community does,” she said. “People seem willing to dig into their pockets in a busy and expensive time of the year. It’s the community that makes this a success. Goodfellows would not be here without them.”

McCarty knows the impact of that giving first hand. Before she became COO for human resources and student services at Owensboro Public Schools, she was the director of family resources and then principal at Estes Elementary. Goodfellows serves the role so often of a behind-the-scenes resource for school officials like her to draw from to ensure that children have what they need to stay healthy and learn and so that families are equipped with the tools necessary to help themselves. 

Her experiences, she said, gave her the opportunity to see Goodfellows from multiple perspectives -- the tool it is for schools, the help it is for families and the smiles it puts on children’s faces during the holiday season.

“I know that I could always count on the Goodfellows, and I think school leaders across our community still know the same thing,” she said. “It’s hard to take for granted when you know it comes from the goodness of people’s hearts.”

Christmas Day is a time for presents, for long-held traditions and good food, McCarty said, but, most importantly, it’s a time for family and that which brings them all together.

As she spends the day with her family, she said she can be filled with joy and the thought of hundreds of children who are aided by the club.

“There are families here who would not have a bright Christmas without Goodfellows,” she said. “On Christmas Day, my mind wonders to those children who are helped and even to those who aren’t reached, and I’m determined for the next year.”

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

Goodfellows Roll Call, Dec. 25

Previously reported … $129,188.68

In memory of our granddad, Dr. John

Oldham by Jeffrey, Seth, Benjamin, and

Josie Oldham, and Mitchell and

Walker Owens … $300

In honor of Owensboro Public Schools

by Owensboro Public Schools staff … $275

In memory of Lt. Cmdr Jane Lanham

Tafoya, We miss you more than we can

ever say, Love, Carol and Roger … $100

In memory of Mildred Malone, Judge

T.B. and Ollie Mae Birkhead, and

Michael Malone by Larry and

Margaret Birkhead … $100

In memory of “Miss Opal” … $100

Anonymous … $60

In memory of Helen, Norman,

Ed and Martine by Mike and Judy

Canary … $50

Texas Gas matching grant for Garrett

Williams … $50

In memory of husband, Justus Otto

Bratcher by Ina Marie … $25

In memory of Martha Puckett by

Kenny Puckett … $25

Total as of Dec. 25 … $130,273.68

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