Goodfellows to spread good cheer
Lions Club members from Almont, Imlay City hit streets for annual paper sales
|Almont Lions Pat Ohlert, Herb Lowell, Tom Sadler and Wes Wagester will be among club members selling Goodfellows newspapers on Dec. 5-6. photo by Tom Wearing.|
December 03, 2008ALMONT — Expectations had been low among Almont Lions Club members seeking advertising support for their upcoming Goodfellows Newspaper sale.
To their surprise, advertising dollars increased over the previous year, ensuring another successful sale and continued help for various Lions' causes.
"We actually ended up with 114 ads," said Lions member Tom Sadler. "That's about 25 percent more than last year." He added that community's need is also up this holiday season.
"With the economy down," he said, "requests for food and money are about 400 percent more this year.
"We do as much as we can for the people of Lapeer County," Sadler continued. "The money we make from the newspaper sales goes toward helping local families."
He cited the Lions' donations to the needy, its eyeglass program, Leader Dogs for the blind and Lapeer County's Bear Lake camp for the visually impaired, as worthy recipients of support."
Sadler said nearly all of last year's supply of 1,200 Goodfellows Newspapers were sold last year. Hopes are to increase that number when Lions hit the streets again on Dec. 5-7.
"We've printed about 1,400 this year and we're hoping to sell out again," said Sadler. "This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. So it's very important to us."
In addition to being available at the "four corners" downtown, Lions members will be selling papers this weekend at the corner of Rochester and Dryden roads. One of the best sales locations is downtown during the Holly Day Light Parade, set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.
"The parade is a good time to sell papers," added Sadler, noting that it wouldn't be possible without the generosity of local businesses and community members.
"We've had great response," he said. "Ad sales were terrific."
The Almont Lions Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Lions hall on Water Street.
To join, contact any Lions member for information or attend a meeting.