Generous group makes Christmas brighter for 790 Oceana children.

December 3, 2017

Bill Cook of the Goodfellows/Old Newsies organization addresses the crowd at the Rothbury Tavern Saturday. Behind Cook is Bill House, president of the local organization. At left is Gilbert Zuniga, and at right is Rothbury Tavern owner Mark Nelson.

Generous group makes Christmas brighter for 790 Oceana children.




By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

ROTHBURY — The 70-year tradition of the Old Newsies and the Goodfellows continues as dedicated members took to the streets of Oceana County Saturday, Dec. 2, gathering donations from motorists at major intersections.

President of the organization in Oceana County, Bill House, said 790 children and 280 families in the county were assisted by the fundraising program so that they can have a Merry Christmas.

In addition to the Old Newsies portion of the campaign, local businesses join the effort with fundraisers. On Saturday, many local residents gathered at the Rothbury Tavern to raise additional funds through a 50/50 raffle and other drawings.

Bill Cook, who has participated in the annual program for over 40 years, said 132 children and 57 families in the Rothbury area alone were assisted through the generous program.

“It stays in the immediate area,” he said. “It’s all volunteer, and 100 percent (of the profits) goes to the kids.”

“Thanks to the efforts of our members and generous support from businesses and individuals, we carry on the words of our motto: ‘Let no child be forgotten.”

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