It’s a campaign to make sure every kid has a Christmas and so far the Detroit Goodfellows has collected about half of its 1.3 million dollar goal.

The Goodfellows are starting to distribute 36,000 gifts to needy children in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and River Rouge.

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Organizers of the Old Newsboys’ Good Fellow Fund say they are seeking monetary donations. So far $631,000 has been raised.

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“While we are incredibly grateful for the support we have already received, we are still a long way from meeting our fundraising goal this year,” said Bob Carabelli, president of the Detroit Goodfellows, in a statement. “The difficult economic climate we continue to endure has forced even more families into financial hardship and it is our mission to bring some joy to their children on Christmas day.”

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Tax-deductible contributions will continue to be accepted through January 31, 2010 and may be sent to: The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, P.O. Box 44444, Detroit, MI 48244-0444.