After the hawk newspaper break “Old Newsboys”, take donations for the Christmas office

After the pandemic forced donations from Hope for the Holidays to be collected only online last year, the DeWitt Rotary Club took to the streets to resume a long tradition of newspaper peddling and donations.

The Rotary club has been involved in the “Old Newsboys” Christmas fundraiser for more than 30 years, said Rotarian Don Burns.

Hope for the Holidays, formerly known as the Old Newsboys campaign, is raising money to purchase toys, books and food for the Christmas Bureau’s annual pre-Christmas giveaway. His goal this year is $ 75,000.

The primary method of raising money, as has been the case for most of the past 90 years, is for teams of people to “sell” special editions of The Post-Standard in exchange for donations in places around. through Syracuse and its suburbs.

This year, the typical 150 to 200 volunteers are back on the streets today and Saturday to offer the newspaper as a donation, said Tom Brown, director of distribution operations for Advance Local Syracuse, publisher of The Post. -Standard.

Nearly 30 teams have signed, the largest being the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Mattydale American Legion Post 1832, Brown said. Syracuse.com | Post-Standard employees also go out to raise funds.

The Old Newsboys tradition began in 1932, when newspaper volunteers raised $ 1,800 to help poor families buy charcoal to heat their homes.

Last year, the DeWitt Rotary Club raised about $ 5,000 of Hope for the Holidays’ total of $ 54,000, Burns said.

On Friday and Saturday, Burns said the Rotary club would have around 20 people to collect donations. They divided the volunteers between a Dunkin Donuts on East Genesee Street in Fayetteville and a Dunkin Donuts on Fayette Street in Manlius.

Burns said his strategy was simple: “I just ask them if they want to donate. “

About 80 percent of the time, people donate. This year, Burns was also able to distribute a card allowing people to donate online.

“Children don’t always have cash,” he says.

The DeWitt Rotary Club has often only been outdone in fundraising for Hope for the Holidays by the Old Order of the Hibernians, Burns said.

“It’s nice to be able to help others,” Burns said.

Details (and how to help)

In-person sales: Teams of volunteers will take to the streets from 6 a.m. on Friday December 10 and Saturday December 11. Any size donation is accepted.

In line: Visit HopefortheholidaysCNY to donate online. These will be accepted until December 31st.

Text: Text HFTH2021 to 41444.

To post: Donate by mail by sending checks to The Post-Standard, 101 N. Salina St., Syracuse, NY 13202. Make the check to: The Old Newsboys Sale.

To volunteer for the Christmas Office gift distribution at the OnCenter on December 15, call Andrew Sabbaghzadeh at The Salvation Army at 315-479-3610.

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