(12/13/13) - For the eighty-ninth year, the Old Newsboys of Flint have bundled up and hit the streets for their holiday newspaper sale.
"The cold weather is great for us, because it makes people dig deeper," said Chris Hamilton, Old Newsboys executive director.
$20 provides a child with a gift box to put under their tree, filled with clothes, hygiene products and toys. This year, the Boys plan to help 7,000 Mid-Michigan kids.
"A guy pulls up, gives me a whole cookie tin full of change. Put it in my apron and dang near choked me, it was so heavy. Must have been $25. He said his family got helped out by Old Newsboys, and he returns the favor every year," said Steve Wolfram, Old Newsboys volunteer.
Flint and Burton's Mayors dropped by to purchase the first papers off the press.
"They do so much. Just give generously today so that no child is forgotten," said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.
"I know it meant a lot to me growing up, because some of my friends were able to have the Old Newsboys make their Christmas," said Burton Mayor Paula Zelenko.
Despite the cold, the Bikes on the Bricks crew rode in and bought a paper for $3,500. This year's edition features Flint's gold medal Olympian Claressa Shields.
"Just as like a lot of other people that have been helped by the Newsboys, they want to give back. Claressa, I can't say enough about her," Hamilton said.
The Old Newsboys fundraising goal this year is $500,000, their biggest ever, and as of early Friday morning, they were about halfway there. The hope is this year's paper sale will push them over the top.
"Somebody will give us a $20 and say, 'If it wouldn't have been for Old Newsboys, I wouldn't have had a Christmas,' and that's pretty powerful for me," Hamilton said.
The Old Newsboys will be out on the streets until 7 p.m. or so, and they're still taking applications from families in need of assistance.
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