Charity Newsies fundraising includes a car again this year

John Augustine
last year’s winner, John Augustine

The Lancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies are doing it again! The historic local charity will sell $20 tickets for a brand-new car for the second year in a row.

The winner will be announced December 7 as part of the group’s annual auction and premier fundraiser. The prize is a choice of a 2024 Kia Seltos LX from Coughlin of Lancaster or $15,000 in cash. (The holder of the winning ticket must be 18 years old by the time of the drawing, and Ohio law makes winners responsible for taxes and fees on the prize.)

Charity Newsies, a nearly century-old civic institution, is starting its busy season of preparation for the giving season. Its annual school clothing drive in July 29. And during the week of August 7, the Newsies will have their annual packing and delivery of school supplies for children in families in need of assistance.

In addition, the Newsies’ annual Ladies Golf Outing is August 6 Valley View Golf Club. The Mens Golf Outing is September 8 at Lancaster Golf Club. These lead up to the December 7 banquet and the 87th annual Charity Newsies “paper drive” and Christmastime giving.

The auction and banquet fundraiser (and raffle drawing) on December 7 is followed by the signature “Paper Drive” fundraiser on December 9. Echoing streetcorner newsboys who hawked newspapers in days of yore, the newsies’ most visible fundraiser is “selling” special Eagle-Gazette issues the second Saturday of every December and collecting money for Christmas Eve delivery of holiday food boxes.

The holiday deliveries aid 500 or more families in the county with food, while other events provide over 800 children with schools supplies and clothing in times of need. The money and donations come not just from those who buy papers from the Newsies, but also from local businesses that donate food, clothing and dollars – and cars – to the Newsies’ cause.

Newsies volunteers will pack food boxes on December 22 and deliver them December 23.


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