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 goodfellowsclubofowensboro.org/contribute/.
Goodfellows Roll Call, Dec. 20, 2016
Previously reported … $65,183.75
Western Kentucky Botanical
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