The Goodfellows Club’s 101st annual Christmas party for needy children is over.

The laughter and shouts have faded away.

And the toys are already bringing joy to the children.

But the Goodfellows Club’s work is really just getting started.

The organization buys clothing, shoes and warm coats for children as well as helping them with dental work throughout the year.

For the fiscal year that ended June 30, the club spent $122,232.65 on clothing for the children. 

It spent $3,359 on dental care and $105.56 on medical care.

During that year, Goodfellows served 754 children from Daviess County schools and 306 from Owensboro schools.

It spent an average of $103.80 on each county student and $100.14 on each city student.

In 2015, the club helped 936 county students and 471 city students.

The average for that year was $93.91 for county students and $102.23 for city students.

There’s a lot of need out there again this year.

But, as of today, the Goodfellows have collected only $71,168.75.

That’s not quite half of the goal of $155,000.

There’s still time to help.

Donations can be made 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, Dec. 20, 2016

Previously reported … $65,183.75

Western Kentucky Botanical

Garden : 

Anonymous cash donations … $3,375

In memory of Larry Hager by

Diane Wible … $50

In memory of the Hager family

by Nancy and Henry … $25

In honor of Inelle Mobley by

Lynn and Leslie Mobley … $25

In memory of E.L. Mobley,

Sandy Mudd, and Tom Hanson

by Lynn and Leslie Mobley … $25

Total for the Western Kentucky

Botanical Garden … $3,600

Tamarack Elementary School

Soup Day for Kids and Casual

for a Cause … $475

In memory of our granddad,

Dr. John S. Oldham by Jeffrey,

Seth, Benjamin, and Josie

Oldham, and Mitchell and Walker

Owens … $300

In memory of David Macon and

Janet Robinson by the Open

Door Unitarian Universalist

Fellowship … $200

Joseph Triplett … $200

Anonymous … $200

In memory of my son, Eric

Whitfield by Ann Ferguson … $200

In memory of William (Bill) Libs,

Essie and Wallace Gunn,

Lilian and Stirman Libs, Alma

and John McCoy, and Virginia

Libs Mattingly by Wanda Libs… $100

In memory of Paul James and

Margie James by Roger L.

James … $100

In memory of Lt. Cmdr. Jane

Tafoya by Carol James … $100

In memory of A.D. and Deana

Cowgell by Tammy Bradley … $100

In memory of Edna and Joe

Williams … $100

Anonymous … $100

In honor of Joseph Q. Renninger

by Paul Morsey and Gary

Adams … $100

Trusting Hearts, First Baptist

Church … $50

In loving memory of Martha

Puckett by husband, Kenny … $25

In memory of J.R., Rebecca,

Dorothy, and Melvin by Susie

and Dennie … $25

In memory of Elvin Wall by wife,

Edith, children, grandchildren,

and great grandchildren … $25

In memory of George Ann

Sowders, Margaret Shultz, Erma

Lee Goatee, and Etta Tanner by

Cindy and Albert Goatee … $25

In memory of Milton Wardrip and

Lilly … $25

Anonymous … $25

In memory of Welsey Dukes

by Lauren Collignon … $10

Total as of Dec. 20, 2016 .. $71,268.75

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