It was Christmastime toward the end of the Great Depression, and little Betty wanted a doll.
Times were tough for her family, which included Betty, three sisters and their parents. Her dad picked up odd jobs, and her mom worked a few days a week at a laundry.
Maybe you should write Goodfellows and ask for Christmas gifts, Mom told her. So the girl addressed her letter to the charity administered by The World-Herald.
“One day of Christmas week (Goodfellows), came to the door with a bag of gifts,” Betty Satorie, now 84, recently wrote to the newspaper. “Thank you!!!”
Satorie, who lives in Bellevue with her husband of 58 years, included a $15 donation to Goodfellows, which provides one-time emergency aid and holiday meal vouchers to needy people in our community.
She said she wished she could have sent more, but she and her husband live on a retirement income.
“You know how that is,” she said in an interview.
Satorie had donated to Goodfellows before, but never told that long-ago story. This year, she decided it was time to share it.
She still remembers her joy when the gifts were delivered.
“I was flabbergasted,” she said. “I was just real happy about the whole thing. I kept saying, 'Look what I got! I got a doll!' ”
She grew up, graduated from Omaha South High School and married Frank Robert Satorie after they courted at a skating pond. They had one child. Satorie retired from the Douglas County Assessor's Office 21 years ago.
She said she gets a lot of requests to support causes, especially around Christmas. Though Goodfellows has special meaning, she responds to other needs as well.
“I help out the best I can,” she said.