Here is a roundup of stories relating to The World-Herald's 2018 Goodfellows campaign.
So far this year, about 1,555 donors have given a total of more than $580,000 to Goodfellows. The holiday fund drive runs through Dec. 31, but people can make donations any time of year.
Though the campaign raised about 7 percent less than in 2017, executive director Sue Violi said she was thrilled with the response.
Every day, teachers vote for “best costume” and drop donations in a decorated box in the office.
There is evidence, plenty, that we persist through dark times. That humanity always finds a light and claws toward that light. And even if it’s hard, don’t we all sustain each other by kindling that hope in various ways, by searching out symbols to carry us forward?
In the first week of December, more than 1,300 Goodfellows food vouchers were mailed out to help those in need.
Ana Ochoa's friends decided to surprise her by donating to The World Herald's Goodfellows charity in her name this year. The gift is to honor her friend Nick Petrow.
At 101, Maurine McNally is almost as socially active as a teen-ager.
Seven women formed a bond after a long-ago Bible study and stayed together. Now the first member of that group has died, and the rest are honoring her with a donation to her favorite charity, Goodfellows.
Jean Shavlik died in the early morning of Aug. 19. Amid his grief, husband Stanley Shavlik decided that he wanted to donate a small amount of money to Goodfellows in Jean’s memory.
Goodfellows is a relatively new tradition for Julie Rosinski, but it’s one she plans to continue because of her passion for the community of Omaha.
Membership in the Every Other Tuesday Poker Group has changed over the years as men have died or moved away, but the club’s activities remain steadfast.
Mike Miller admits the message with his donation goofy, but he hopes it will foster a little goodwill for Colorado, his alma mater, which "kind of has a bad reputation among a lot of Nebraskans."
Before school started this fall, 1,000 students from 312 struggling families got vouchers to shop for clothes at Target. The St. Vincent de Paul Society distributed the vouchers with a $20,000 grant from Goodfellows, The World-Herald’s charity.
Don and Jona said they have always leaned on their faith, and it was no different five years ago when they lost their daughter to breast cancer. They now designate donations to Goodfellows, The World-Herald’s charity, to her memory.
Grandma is grateful for the little ones — and she’s also generous to those less fortunate. She donated $75 in honor of the kids to The World-Herald’s Goodfellows charity last year, and plans to increase her gift to $100 this year because of the newest baby, born in April.
Sally Winn never forgot about the time Goodfellows gave her a doll. She got it as a young girl — then Sally Brick — in the late 1930s or early 1940s.
The two had been married 17 years as of June, so he suggested they donate $10 for every year they have been married.
Marilyn and her husband, Walt Horner, have endowed a scholarship given to a woman in the sorority pursuing a degree in the College of Business at her alma mater, now called the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Rockbrook Camera continues in its tradition of donating a portion of the proceeds from families' photos with Santa to Goodfellows, The World-Herald's charity.
This year, they added a special note to their donation in appreciation for all the help and luck they received after a health scare.
Rose Sullivan donates to Goodfellows in memory of her dad, Joseph Brennan, who worked at the World-Herald for 27 years.
Nebraska native Iona Michaelis grew up with The World-Herald and had always read about Goodfellows. Until recently, she said, life had always gotten in the way of her ability to donate.
Since 2004, members of the Lakeside Belles Red Hats Society have had social events and field trips to see things that are “beneficial to society.” The group has donated to Goodfellows each of the past two years.
About 12 years ago, a group of men started meeting at an annual "boys" lunch. They took up a collection and ultimately decided the money should go to Goodfellows, The World-Herald's charity. Last year, they gave $6,900 thanks to a matching donation.
Last year, Mary Ann and Jerry Strasheim planned a holiday cruise through the Panama Canal but had to cancel when a fall put Jerry in rehab. So Mary Ann chose to celebrate their marriage with a donation to Goodfellows — $490 for their 49th anniversary.
The items come in handy when kids show up without proper clothes, need a change of clothes after an accident or spill food on themselves.
Terry Theis spent 19 years as the Chancel Choir director for St. Luke United Methodist Church in Omaha and to honor that talented group of people, he made a donation to The World-Herald's Goodfellows charity.
Dwain Horn's daughter, Susan Pederson, wanted to continue her dad’s tradition of volunteering and supporting the community, so she decided to make a contribution to The World-Herald’s 2017 Goodfellows campaign in his memory.
Beth and Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado feel called to help the people of Omaha any way that they can, which includes The World-Herald's Goodfellows charity. “I like that the community of Omaha supports the community of Omaha,” Beth said.
Former paper boy Michael Ziskey donated to The World-Herald's Goodfellows fund in honor of his dad who helped him and his siblings with their paper routes.
Since the late 1880s, The World-Herald’s Goodfellows fund has provided aid for folks who are in a bind. At the end of each year, the charity holds a fundraising drive, which features stories in the newspaper and on Omaha.com.