Lancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies
Annual ‘Paper Drive’ Newsies ‘SIGNATURE’ event since 1936.
Thanks to the
Lancaster-Eagle Gazette/Gannett for publishing and donating our ‘Special EditionLancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies newspaper since 1936. (Paper Drive is always the 2nd Saturday in December; LEG donates some 13,000 newspapers);
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Lancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies
Annual Christmas Parade
Thanks to
Ken Sprague for his innovative float and children's "food item" costumes ...
Newsies '500 Christmas Food Baskets', and Mike Daubenmire, parade co-chair and his 1948 GMC pickup.
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The Lancaster Fairfield County Charity Newsies conducted its annual
“Back To School Clothing”
effort Saturday August 3, 2019.

Newsies issued vouchers honored by Walmart (Lancaster) for no fewer than 859 children kindergarten through high school from more than 445 Fairfield County families – Newsies invested $108,380 in this effort. Newsies try to provide two complete changes of new clothes including pants, tops, shoes, packages of socks and gender specific underwear and later where there is need, new coats, hats, gloves/mittens and boots. New this year was 300 pairs of children’s shoes donated by Melissa Walker of Walker Shoes in Lancaster.
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Jim Bowes has chaired this annual effort 18 years.

Newsies project dates to the 1970s and has been previously chaired by John Thompson and the late Bill Burnside and Fred Reed, among others.

In addition to
NewsiesBack To School Clothing” efforts, on average, your Charity Newsies invest some $5,000.00 per month assisting families fallen victim to home fire for which Newsies provide emergency clothing, food and shelter. In unique circumstances Newsies may provide vouchers for food (Save A Lot, Lancaster) and other of life’s necessities to families whose bread winner has suffered an accident or illness. With Newsies broad community reach the organization may help with travel expenses, heating in winter and other needs.

To maximize learning, the
Lancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies believe children must be properly fed, properly clothed and properly sheltered.

Names of
Newsies in group picture, L-R:  Mike Purcell, Jim Lehman, Colt Huffer, John Little, Gale Barry, Kevin Yeamans, Greg Russell, Teddy Keller, Jim Bowes, Pinky Cook, Barb Eck, Lou Ellen Reed, John Bowland, John Reef, Melissa Sanders, Bill Clemens, Jim Iles. Not pictured:  Jim and Jeanne Draper, Stephanie Brown, Bob Williams, Susan Little. Pictured by himself, Jim Bowes, Newsies chief investigator. Newsies Fred Strawser behind the camera.