By KARL FAVA
For the Times-Herald
DEARBORN — It is that time of year when folks want to give thanks and look about them and see how great the world and people are. All of us are caught up in our lives, jobs, family and all the things that happen every day. It is so easy with the bombardment of negative news to forget that there are more good things going on than bad.
We are lucky to live in a safe community like Dearborn. Here in our town, we have businesses and charities that are always looking out for the good of our neighborhoods. But the success of these businesses and charities is only on account of you. The folks of Dearborn support the businesses and charities. And the businesses and charities support Dearborn. Our town is the classic pay it forward town.
The Dearborn Goodfellows, which will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2023, would like to thank the community for its support all year round and especially with the past week’s newspaper sales. The Goodfellows have supported kids and needy families for almost a hundred years and will continue to do so for another hundred. We would like to highlight a few of the local businesses and groups that have supported us this past year.
The Custard Company on the corner of Outer Drive and Monroe has its December special which is the Goodfellow Flurry. The Custard Company will donate the proceeds from all sales of this tasty delight which is a vanilla custard blended with sugar cookies and has red and green sprinkles on top. You will not be able to stop at one.
The Metro Narcotics Enforcement Team, a collaboration of state, local, and federal partners raised funds for the Dearborn Goodfellows with its 5K run. This was not just any run as the law enforcement officers that ran had to wear 20-pound vests on the cold October day when they trekked through Dearborn.
Downey Brewing will have its monthly Give Back Tap for December to support the Goodfellows. Downey is also collecting hats and mittens to be distributed to the Dearborn Schools.
Dairy Queen Grill and Chill on Greenfield will donate $1, for every blizzard sold the week of Christmas. “I love giving back to my community and especially the Dearborn Goodfellows,” owner Ali Haidous said.
Leon’s Family Diner on Michigan Avenue and its owner Sam Leon once again sponsored a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community in November with donations being made at the event to benefit the Goodfellows.
IceBurg restaurant on West Outer Drive donated a percentage of each sale on Nov. 2 to the Goodfellows. “I am glad to have helped the community and look forward to working with the Goodfellows in the coming years,” owner Hussein Beydoun said.
Dearborn Brewery very generously donates its total revenue for one day in August, which it has done for a few years. Dearborn, drink up.
Cinnabon of Dearborn supports the paper sales and parks on one of the busiest collection corners, Cherry Hill and Telegraph, to aid in attracting donors for the street sellers.
Westborn Car Wash on Michigan near Gulley will donate $1 to the Goodfellows for every car washed for the month of December. Dearborn, isn’t your car dirty?
The Goodfellows appreciate the support of these businesses. If it were not for their generosity we would not be able to provide the support for the over 1,000 children every year along with countless families in need. Thanks to you too, the ones that bought newspapers last week, the ones that supported the other Goodfellow fundraisers, and the ones that just mailed us a donation. Yes, it is that thankful time of year.
The Goodfellows, a 501(c)(3) charity, is Dearborn’s leading provider of aid to children over the holiday season. Its motto “No kid without a Christmas” still rings as strongly as when the Goodfellows first organized in Dearborn in 1923.
Anyone that would like to get involved with the Goodfellows in selling newspapers, packaging gifts, delivering gifts, or working at the Smoke on the Grill can contact President Silvio Davis at 313-485-1737, or Executive Director Larry Johnson at 313-450-2664.