The Port Huron Old Newsboys have been providing essentials like shoes, socks, and underwear to local children since 1927 and have no intention of stopping anytime soon. They survive solely on donations and volunteer service. You may recall seeing the Old Newsboys, their name coming from their status as newspaper carriers in their youth, standing on street corners to collect donations around this time of year.
As the times have changed, so have the Old Newsboys. While they will no longer be standing at stoplights and street corners, they are definitely still running their campaign. As technology changes and print newspapers are fading away, the Old Newsboys have adapted as well. Donations can now be made online and at collection locations throughout the Blue Water Area, such as Eastern Michigan Bank and Power’s Diner.
The full list is on their facebook page. Families receive vouchers from the Old Newsboys which they take to the Fort Gratiot Meijer store to pick out their new items. The Old Newsboys are hoping to raise $70,000, 98.5% of which they report goes toward those essential shoes, boots, socks, and undergarments for local children.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.