Happy Holidays! What does that mean? To many it’s Christmas. To others, it’s Hanukkah, Yule, Epiphany, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and more. My wife, Terry, likes to talk about co-workers who were Muslims and Buddhists who loved to celebrate “Christmas.” To all of them, it was a time of family gatherings, gift-giving and goodwill. Whatever your heritage, we say, “Happy Holidays!”
Interestingly, Pete Waldmeir tells me some of the Old Newsboys Goodfellows’ top supporters are Jewish!
I bring up the Old Newsboys and Goodfellows, particularly, because next year the organization is celebrating 100 years of making sure there is “No Kiddie Without A Christmas.” In fact, Pete was a Goodfellows package recipient as a boy in Detroit. Like many active Old Newsboys, Pete never forgot the kindness and importance of the Goodfellows. (See Pete’s story in this issue of Pointe Magazine.)
The Old Newsboys was started by Jim Brady in 1914 after he saw a cartoon in The Detroit News of a little girl alone in a cold room on Christmas morning holding an empty stocking. That drawing so touched his heart, that he helped lead the formation of the Old Newsboys in 1914. Brady, whose descendants in Grosse Pointe are active in the Goodfellows today, was a former newsboy, hence the name, Old Newsboys.
Lauren McGregor, our assistant editor, and I have been asked by the Old Newsboys Goodfellows organization to do an Arcadia Publishing history of the group, and the publisher has agreed. We look to have it out by this time next year.
This being our “holiday issue” of Pointe Magazine, we decided to run the 1914 cartoon, “Forgotten,” on page 6 of this issue. Our purpose is to remind all our readers to do their utmost to make sure “No Kiddie” goes without a Christmas — or a Hanukkah, Yule, Epiphany, Kwanzaa or what have you. And don’t forget to help out Meals on Wheels and Detroit’s many soup kitchens.
True, the economy is scratching its way back, but there are still far too many people out there without jobs, food or a roof over their heads. They need our help, but they will never ask ... as we should not need to be asked.
At any rate, all our holidays will be much more blessed by how much we give.
As always, we ask that you think of Grosse Pointe and our many business supporters and advertisers first when heading out to make your holiday purchases. They will appreciate it, and you will be supporting your community.
That said, Happy Holidays and see you in the stores!
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