Bill and Connie Bray have donated to Goodfellows for about three decades. Usually, their donation to The World-Herald’s charity has been in memory of a loved one who died that year.
But this year, when Connie Bray thought about someone special to honor with a donation, she thought of the 16 classmates who graduated with her from Prescott High School in 1957. In September, nine of them gathered for their 60th high school reunion — which she helped organize — in Prescott, Iowa, about 90 miles east-southeast of Omaha.
The high school has since closed, but the alums were able to meet inside the old gym, which has been turned into an event space.
“We shared a lot of memories,” Bray said. “We all had a great time.”
Bray’s donation to Goodfellows was a little less than she has donated in previous years, but the amount seemed fitting: $19.57.
“I just love supporting Goodfellows,” she said. “It’s a wonderful organization that helps so many people.”
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.
Bray hasn’t told her classmates about the donation — she said she just hopes one of them gets the newspaper and sees the donor list with her gift.
“Seeing them was such a special part of my year,” she said, “and donating was a nice way to honor them.”