Our Mission @ Lancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies
Every year on the 2nd Saturday in December beginning in 1936, members of this exclusively local charity are stationed in front of certain restaurants and store fronts and along major thoroughfares throughout Fairfield County ‘hawking’ its newspapers to raise money for less fortunate families, especially families with children. In 2020 more than 100 members helped raise nearly $29,000 toward the purchase of two weeks’ worth of groceries, delivered by Newsies members to more than 500 Fairfield County families just before Christmas.
The local Charity Newsies was founded in 1936 by R. Kenneth Kerr, then publisher of the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. The Charity Newsies continued to partner with the Eagle-Gazette for more than 85 years for publication of our newspaper; in 2022 the Fairfield Towne Crier joined the venture as publisher of our newspaper. Charity Newsies continue to purchase and received grocery and sundry items from numerous local companies.
ABOUT CHARITY NEWSIES
The 2nd Saturday in December, for more than eight decades, hundreds of local volunteers have walked the length and breadth of Fairfield County selling our ‘Special Edition’ Lancaster Eagle Gazette - a tradition since the Great Depression, and one that has benefited thousands of our Fairfield County neighbors.
It all began Dec. 11, 1936, when a group of local businessmen, led by R. Kenneth Kerr, of the Eagle Gazette, met at the Sherman Armory at the corner of Broad and Wheeling streets in Lancaster.
Annually, the 2nd Saturday in August in preparation for the new school year, Newsies provide ‘back-to-school’ clothes and ‘teacher-recommended, grade specific’ school supplies for hundreds of area children.
On the Saturday before Christmas Newsies deliver more than 500 food baskets to families throughout Fairfield County.
The rest of the year Newsies assist families who have fallen victim to a home fire, flood or other disaster.
Lancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies is proud to partner with Fairfield Towne Crier.
How to support Lancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies
DONATIONS Lancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies PO BOX 1443 Lancaster, Ohio 43130