The Goodfellow Fund is a local tradition almost as old as the Star-Telegram. The Chicago Tribune started the first newspaper charity drive in the United States on Dec. 10, 1909. A Chicago city attorney wrote a letter challenging his friends to donate the money they would have spent on holiday partying to charity.
Two years later the Advertising Club of Fort Worth staged the first local Goodfellow campaign. The next year, on the day after Thanksgiving in 1912, Publisher Amon G. Carter brought the tradition to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It was newspaper editor James M. North asking readers to help “lonely little children” and become one of the “Good Fellows” by doing so.
Over the years, the type of assistance provided to children and families has changed. In the early years the Goodfellow Fund volunteers delivered wood and coal to homes and later providing fruit and candy. During the Depression and after the Second World War the need shifted to one of the very basics of need, that of shoes and clothing. This continues today to be the only mission of the Goodfellow Fund.
The Goodfellow Fund recieves requests for assistance in providing a holiday gift
for children from families throughout the community.
"It is not only a family with low-income, but wage earners that have recently lost their job, incurred a catastrophic illness, have heavy debt, going through a divorce or elderly grandparents asking for help with a gift for their grandchild."
The families are real, their stories are real, the need is real.
What makes the Goodfellow Fund different from other Holiday charities?
Your gift goes further and works hard for this reason
The Goodfellow Fund requires that all applicants receiving assistance come in for a scheduled personal interview. These individual interviews are conducted by trained volunteers working through the volunteer program of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth.
Through the generosity of our donors, the Goodfellow Fund provides a $50 gift certificate for clothing and shoes to underpriveledged Tarrant County school-age children during the holiday season.
The family requesting assistance must in-person provide:
Last year the Goodfellow Fund volunteers personally interviewed over 6,000 families during the holiday season to ensure that the gift you provided is given only to a qualified family of need.
Through the generosity of our donors, the Goodfellow Fund provides a $50 gift certificate for clothing and shoes to underpriveledged
Tarrant County school-age children during the holiday season.
Identification—One of five accepted forms of photo ID’s:
The document selected for your Identification must match that submitted on your application.
Proof of residence in Tarrant County:
Current driver’s license OR business mail addressed to your home (not personal mail) OR a copy of your home or apartment lease.
Proof of Income for the entire household:
This includes any of the following that apply to you and/or members of your household: Paycheck stubs or a letter from your employer stating how much you earn. Your current award letter(s) from TANF, SNAP (food stamps unemployment, child support, SSI/SSDI, and/or documentation of any other additional income/benefits you currently receive. To qualify, household income must be less than 125% of the current Federal Poverty Income Guideline.
View the Federal Income Guideline Here:
Proof of Child’s Age:
The Goodfellow Fund provides a $50 gift certificate for Tarrant County school children for clothing and shoes. There must be at least one child in the household between the ages of 4 And 15, that is attending school, starting with grade P-K and born between June 1, 2003 through September 1, 2014.
Proof of Enrollment in School
For each child whom you are requesting assistance – The documentation must display your child’s unique school identification number. This may be a current report card or a dated letter from the school verifying that the child is enrolled. Categories of Homeschool, Pre-K and Daycare with proper documentation are also acceptable.
From the thousands of applications submitted the selection process is random. Each season the number of requests received for assistance exceed the amount donated by the Community. The Goodfellow Fund anticipates assisting 12,000 school children this season. Applications will be accepted and process until that limit is reached. Historically the limit is reached in early November.
Applications are selected on a random basis.
Should the review and acceptance of your request for assistance be selected you will receive a letter in the mail to your home address. In the letter you will be asked to come in for a personal interview with one of our volunteers. In the letter, you will be given a location, day, date and time for the interview.
In order to receive assistance, you MUST bring the documentation outlined above with you to your personal interview in order to support your eligibility for assistance. This documentation must match that with the information you submit on your application. Assistance is only for children in your legal custody.
The Goodfellow Fund Participated in the North Texas Giving Day, September 17,2015
The Exchange Club of Fort Worth Holiday Luncheon. Tens of Thousands of Dollars are donated to the Goodfellow Fund
Volunteers process and set interview appointments for over 6,000 applicants
You may reach us online here:
If you wish to mail your donation to us:
The Goodfellow Fund
PO Box 1870
Fort Worth, Tx 76101
To accomplish The Goodfellow Fund Goals, we need a lot of help. Volunteers are needed. We can be as flexible as your schedule permits! Many of our volunteers work as few as 4 hours per week. That Helps!
Volunteers must be 18 years of age and pass a background check. They help with reviewing applications, confirming families’ eligibility, among other many tasks.
If you would like to be a volunteer, please call the volunteer line at:
Or contact us online here: Contact Us
In some instances, our readers have generously offered to directly assist families profiled in the Star-Telegram articles.
Goodfellow Fund policy for direct assistance to a family:
The Goodfellow Fund respects the privacy of families who are interviewed by Star-Telegram reporters during the annual fundraising campaign. We have assured family members that we will not share any identifying information about them. Their name, address, phone number or email address.
If you are interested in directly assisting a profiled family please send an email message to email@example.com with your name and contact information. In your email pro-vide the date of the published article and the family name in the story and give us your permission for us to share your contact information.
As soon as your email is received our staff will provide your contact information with the profiled family and then, if they wish, they may or will contact you as their time allows.
Be aware that many individuals simply do not have the time, would prefer to decline assistance or in some cases embarrassed to seek help and may not call back.
Your kind gesture is appreciated!
Many families just like those featured in the Star-Telegram need help. We hope to serve thousands of needy school children this year and that cannot happen without your support.
Should you want to make a donation online you could go to our secure online form here
Our mailing address for a donation is:
The Goodfellow Fund, PO Box 1870, Fort Worth, TX, 76101.
Thank you in advance for your gift and support of The Goodfellow Fund
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