The Westland Goodfellows' mission is clear. Our mission is to supply the less fortunate and deserving citizens of the City of Westland with toys, food and other items.
The Westland Goodfellows have proudly been serving the City of Westland residents for over 50 years. Historically the Goodfellows raised funds through the selling of "Old Boy Newspapers", using those funds to purchase toys and clothing for the needy children of Westland, and then finally delivering those items directly to families at Christmas time. This ensured that "No Child is Without a Christmas".
In recent years our fundraising methods have changed. Due to the safety concerns of our volunteers, we no longer sell papers in traffic on Thanksgiving weekend. We have several sources of fundraising and rely heavily on public support to administer our program. In November we reach out in the Westland community and make our annual appeal through a mailer. Please consider what Christmas means to you and your family and give generously to support a child in Westland.
Each December Bill Johnson hosts his Annual Bowling fundraiser to benefit the Westland Goodfellows. It is a fun filled night of bowling, music, and raffles. Bill Johnson and his team (Mike Smith, Don Conger, Chad Erickson, and Jen Cowley and many others) host a night of fun to benefit our Westland families. We can't thank them enough. Please consider attending. This year's event date Saturday December 10, and it will be held at the Wayne Bowl on Michigan Ave.
Currently we administer two specific programs:
First and foremost is our Christmas Assistance Program. The Goodfellows accept applications submitted by families in need for Christmas assistance for their children. Families must be Westland residents and must demonstrate financial hardship to be approved. Recipients are then given shopping vouchers to be used at the Westland Target or Westland Meijer stores to purchase items for their children. Please know that those vouchers are restricted to items for the child, such as clothing, toys and small electronics. Purchases are reviewed in detail to maintain program guidelines. In addition, children also recieve hats & gloves, coloring books & crayons, dental kits and donated toys collected by the Goodfellows. And finally, families will receive a food voucher to use at Heartland Market, a Westland grocery store.
Our secondary program is to help families in emergency situations related to residential fires. The Westland Fire Dept. often reaches out to us when a family is "burned out" of their home and is in need of immediate resources to find living quarters and replace clothing items. In 2010, a fire at Wayne Woods Apartment complex left over 20 families affected. The Goodfellows were there to assist them with emergency funding.
It's clear how important our program is to the residents of Westland, and it's clear how much we value & need your support!
Recent News: Toy & Food Collection boxes are being placed the week of November 1, check out that page for locations!
2016 Christmas application period begins Sept. 22, 2016 and closes on November 18, 2016.