The annual Goodfellows drive, championed by the Baytown Junior Forum, demonstrates holiday spirit. Those who volunteer with the drive or make a donation help not only give toys to a child on Christmas morning, but also spread good cheer to good families who need it.
Volunteers collect money, buy toys, take and process applications, organize the drive and distribute the toys. They spend a great amount of time on this project because it’s a worthwhile one that shows how much residents care about the children in their community.
Founded by original Sun owner and publisher Bob Matherne, Goodfellows has helped low-income families every year since 1931.
“Once a Goodfellow, always a Goodfellow” is a fitting slogan that has been a part of the drive. Many Baytonians have contributed over the years, a practice that is being continued by their children.
The true spirit of Christmas is shown by the Goodfellows. Why don’t you be a Goodfellow this year? Make your contribution today.
Donations can be brought to The Baytown Sun or mailed to Goodfellows C/O BJF, PO BOX 8116, Baytown, TX 77522. Checks are preferred and should be made out to Goodfellows.
Final day to sign up for Goodfellows is Saturday
Baytown Junior Forum has begun their annual Goodfellows Christmas Toy Program.
Goodfellows provides two new toys to underprivileged children in Baytown, Highlands and Mont Belvieu aged 2-10.
To qualify for Goodfellows, parents must bring proof of financial assistance for each child and a state or government issued ID showing proof of local residency to one of Junior Forum’s sign-up days.
The final day to sign-up for the program is Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baytown Community Center, 1724 Market St.