1914 : Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit Conceived by James Brady

December 10, 2021 all-day


The picture depicts a statue of Brady standing on Central Avenue on Belle Isle….

No kiddie without a Christmas.

Since 1914, that’s been the mission of the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit. This year, 34,000 children in Detroit, Harper Woods, Highland Park, River Rouge and Hamtramck will get holiday gift boxes filled with clothing, candy, books, toys and more. But we do more than make sure kids aren’t “forgotten” one day each year. We enhance their lives with our shoe and dental programs, camperships and scholarships to Wayne State University. Because regardless of what day it is, “forgotten” is no way to feel.

The Detroit Historical Society credits James J. Brady with conceiving the idea on December 10, 1914.

The idea of Old Newsboys’ collecting money for Charity has also spread to other cities. The Old Newsboys organized in Flint and Lansing in 1924.

The Port Huron Old Newsboys have been doing a Christmas fundraising campaign since 1927.

Cleveland  and Toledo, Ohio started in 1929.

Syracuse, New York joined the program in 1934.

The St. Louis News-Dispatch started an Old Newsboys’ charity in St. Louis, Missouri in 1957.

Sources :

Detroit Historical Society

Detroit Goodfellows

Old Newsboys of Greater Lansing

Old Newsboys of Flint

Bob Gross, “Old Newsboys begin annual fundraiser“, Times Herald, December 2, 2016.

Old Newsboys of St. Louis, Missouri


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