Time to be a good fellow (or gal) and help fellow residents

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 23, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Goodfellows’ biggest fundraiser of the year is coming soon, and the group is in need of help to make it possible.

The St. Clair Shores Goodfellows will hold its newspaper sales across the city Dec. 1. They are in need of volunteers to stand at street corners and at businesses around the city soliciting donations for the papers throughout the day.

All newspapers and safety vests are provided to volunteers, and the money raised goes to provide food, gift cards and gifts to needy families throughout the city.

“There’s Goodfellows in every city you go to,” Duane Michno, of the St. Clair Shores Goodfellows, said at the Nov. 19 City Council meeting. “What we do here is strictly for the residents of St. Clair Shores.”

Michno said that many people think that residents in St. Clair Shores don’t experience poverty, but that’s not true.

“When you deliver to some of these homes, it can drop a grown man to his knees in tears. It’s sad,” he said. “You see people using their stoves for heat, no lights, no power, kids not properly clothed.

“We try to make a difference for those families.”

To volunteer, go to St. Clair Shores Central Fire Station, 26700 Harper Ave., anytime between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 1 to pick up newspapers. Volunteers are treated to chili provided by St. Clair Shores firefighters when they return. There is no advance registration required, and volunteers can come for as little as an hour or help out all day long.

Michno said that families in need are interviewed to assess their needs, and the Goodfellows’ goal is to give away as much as they raise each year.

“We start out with basically nothing. Our goal, by Christmas, is to be basically broke,” he said.

The gifts and food are sorted Dec. 23 at the North End Fire Station and are delivered Christmas Eve morning. Volunteers are needed to help with sorting and deliveries as well.

“It’s a great thing for kids to learn from too,” Michno said. “To know that not everybody’s as lucky as we are here. They want their kids to grow up knowing there is help if you need it.”

For more information, call Michno at (586) 774-1223 or the St. Clair Shores Fire Department at (586) 445-5380.