Eastpointe Goodfellows leave the streets for safer fundraiser

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published December 9, 2015

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EASTPOINTE — Motorists in Eastpointe will not be seeing members of the local Goodfellows organization on the streets selling papers to raise money for kids to get gifts at Christmas.

Instead, the organization is working with Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant in the city to raise funds Dec. 15, according to Goodfellows member Harvey Curley. The move was made due to safety concerns with traffic, he said.

“The Goodfellows are no longer going to sell newspapers out on the street, basically because they feel it’s getting too dangerous out there,” Curley said. “I’ve been doing it for 28 years; I’m saddened for the fact, but I understand that it is getting dangerous out there. The older I get, the more chances I’m going to get hit out there.”

City Manager Steve Duchane said the fire union, which has Goodfellows members on its roster, does not want to go back to collecting money in the streets after a Lansing firefighter was killed in a hit-and-run earlier this year while collecting money.

Carol Corrie, a manager at Cloverleaf, said that upon hearing the news from Curley, she decided to do something to help the organization. The result is the all-day fundraiser, where 20 percent of all food and beverage sales will go to the Goodfellows.

“My mother told me she wouldn’t have had a Christmas during the Depression without the Goodfellows,” Corrie said. “She wouldn’t have got nothing, so I said, ‘Let’s help the Goodfellows. If they can’t go out on the street, let’s do a fundraiser.’”

Corrie said they are planning a 50/50 raffle, and a firefighter is bringing a boot to collect monetary donations. The Goodfellows also will be selling their papers outside the restaurant, she added.

The restaurant also is hoping to get some entertainment — Corrie said Shifty the Clown is coming to do balloon tricks from 6 to 8 p.m., and organizers are trying to get a singer.

“We wanted to do a toy drop-off as well,” she said. “A new, unwrapped toy drop-off at the Cloverleaf, and then we’d give them to the Goodfellows as well.”

Corrie said she wants to team up with other local charities to help out local kids, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Cloverleaf is located at 24443 Gratiot Ave. in Eastpointe.

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