Old Newsboys volunteers are not what they seem.
The hundreds of volunteers who sell newspapers at area shopping malls and businesses look like well-dressed adults, but their outstretched hands represent the needy children of Toledo.
The Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association, Toledo's only nonprofit organization that gives 100 percent of donations to charity, will hold its 72nd annual newspaper sale tomorrow. The group hopes to raise at least $225,000 this year.
Some group members said they believe the goal will be tough to meet. Many potential donors have given generously to causes related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, so their savings may be running low.
“It's a sad thing that happened in New York, but we've still got these kids here to take care of and we can't ignore them,” Julius Boxenbaum, Old Newsboys president, said.
The group has spent more than $160,000 this year buying shoes and coats for area children, said Jack Renz, Jr., third vice president for Old Newsboys.
Old Newsboys responds when school administrators, police officers, firefighters, or neighbors report a child who needs warm clothing.
“There's no red tape involved,” Mr. Renz said. “If there's a need out there, we'll take care of it.”
The group also donates money to drug awareness programs in area schools and distributes 1,000 holiday food baskets each year.
Volunteers will raise money by selling copies of The Blade and the Newsboys' own paper.
Last year, the newspaper sale made $185,750.
Jerry Baum, chairman of the paper sale, said many individuals and union members have called to offer help. He said he hopes to have over 500 newspaper distributors, and is always looking for more volunteers.
“I think we'll do well if the weather holds up,” Mr. Baum said.
Some Old Newsboys funds pay for $5,000 scholarships that are awarded annually to eight area high school seniors. This year's winners are: