Don Otis feels lucky to have grown up in a philanthropic family.
“It opened my mind to the idea that it’s more about others than yourself,” he said.
For more than a decade, Don and his wife, Rita Otis, have supported Goodfellows, The World-Herald’s charity.
They have increased their donations over the years, and now send in $1,000.
“It’s a wonderful community charity, and we like that 100 percent of the donation is used efficiently,” Don said.
Because the newspaper covers all administrative costs, every dollar donated to the charity goes to local people in need.
Now retired, Don said he’s focused on giving back to the community. The 67-year-old is a member of the west Omaha Rotary Club and volunteers to help Skinner Magnet Center students improve their reading skills.
Don said he’s proud to call Omaha home, especially when he thinks about all the giving in the community.
Every year, he enjoys reading about those helped by Goodfellows funds.
“I’m always moved to hear the stories of the recipients,” he said. “So many lives have been touched by Goodfellows. It’s just a great program that helps people get over those speed bumps of life.”