December 28, 2011 - Dear Editor,
The Clarkston Rotary Club would like to sincerely thank all of those who so generously donated during the club's recent 61st annual "Goodfellow" newspaper sales. The generosity of the donors was encouragement for those collecting in the cold winter winds. Their contributions continue to provide support for the "Goodfellow" efforts and the Clarkston Rotary's 'Shoes for Kids' program.
One hundred percent of all donations collected were used to purchase new shoes and boots, hats, mittens and gloves for community children. On December 10th, the Clarkston Rotary hosted 406 Clarkston Community School children at the Oakland Woods Baptist Church.
The Clarkston Rotary Club would like to express its gratitude and appreciation by acknowledging the following for the success of this year's program:
A special thank you to The Clarkston News, Jim Sherman, and Don Rush and staff for preparation and publication of the Clarkston Rotary's "Goodfellow" edition. The Clarkston News has provided and supported the special newspaper for more than 20 years.
To Oakland Woods Baptist Church, Pastor Bob Galey and its church members for hosting the annual 'Shoes for Kids' distribution and extra volunteers needed for the projects.
Mr. Alan's Shoes of Redford, Jason Riegle, Operations Manager, for making arrangements for many of the shoes and boots available for the distribution.
To the Clarkston Area Lions Club and the Clarkston Community Women's Club for their continued support in raising additional funds.
To the Clarkston Optimists and their Clarkston school clubs for their Opti-Socks endeavor.
To the Clarkston Area Lions Club for providing a free KidSight Vision screening to 99 pre-school children.
To all of the local elementary schools and area churches who hosted hat, mittens and gloves collection Christmas trees.
To the groups who created and donated the many hats and scarves.
City of Clarkston DPW for providing a warm space for the Goodfellows headquarters.
Boy Scout Troop No. 199 and their leaders for their continued annual support and efforts in collecting donations.
To Rudy's Quality Market and the Hamlin Pub for providing the fantastic soups and chili to warm the Goodfellow volunteers returning from the streets.
To Hungry Howie's on Sashabaw Rd. for baking so many great pizzas for the "Shoes for Kids" volunteers.
To Tim Horton's on Maybee Rd. for the fresh, hot coffee and delicious pastries.
To the many friends and family members of the Clarkston Rotary Club who so generously gave of their time and energy in selling newspapers, and the many volunteers who made this year's projects possible.
Finally, thanks again to all who gave donations for the Shoes for Kids program and especially to those who gave so generously. The success of this program can only be measured by the support it receives from the Clarkston community.
Joel DeLong, program chair
Clarkston Rotary Club