Three decades ago, Polly Andres donated to Goodfellows in her children’s names, hoping it would be a way to teach them about philanthropy from an early age.
She has renewed the tradition in the past few years, this time donating in the names of her grandchildren.
This year she sent in $40 to The World-Herald’s charity in honor of Ethan, Claire, Hannah and Jed Andres, ages 4, 3½, 2 and 1½, respectively.
Each year she cuts out of the newspaper the donor list that includes her donation and her grandchildren’s names.
“Someday, when they are older, I’ll show it to them,” she said. “I do it to help teach them about charity. I just hope it sets a good example.”
Andres said she chooses Goodfellows because it’s a “reputable local organization.”
Goodfellows directs all donated money to providing one-time emergency assistance, holiday meal vouchers or clothing to local people in need. No donated money is used by The World-Herald for administrative expenses.
“I appreciate that all the money goes to people who need it,” Andres said. “I plan to keep supporting it.”