5 1 Goodfellows Live Up to Their Name They call themselves Goodfellows−a nickname that dates from 1941 when they began their holiday mission. It’s a name that’s entirely fitting. For 76 years Richmond Lions in Michigan have stood on street GREAT STORIES corners in December hawking a once-a-year newspaper, also called Goodfellows. The slim newspaper is full of ads from merchants, sold by the Lions, with a few stories about the club’s mission. The Goodfellows’ slogan is “No Child Without a Christmas.” The revenue from the ads and newspaper sales also supports hungry families and seniors. Actually, for 75 years the Goodfellows sold the newspaper in the streets. Last year the state of Michigan ruled that a longstanding law barred street sales of newspapers, however noble the cause. Undeterred, the Goodfellows sold their paper in a parking lot and near sympathetic merchants. But sales slumped. This year, after Lions persisted in making their case, the state reversed course and decided to allow Lions to proceed as usual. The Goodfellows will be back on the streets, making the season merry for others. Over the years the club has brought Christmas cheer to untold numbers. Lions don’t get to see the private moments that cheer a child’s heart, that let a boy or girl know that strangers care about them. But the Lions treasure a special story from long ago. They understand such transformative moments happen each year even if they don’t learn of them. In 1949, a 4-year-old girl from northwest Detroit lived with her mom and two sisters. Their dad had died two years ago. Times were tough. That Christmas the Goodfellows showed up at their door with a heap of clothes and a doll for the 4-year-old. Oddly but fortuitously, the doll was not new. In fact, one leg was partly missing, and she had a “skull injury.” Part of her head had chipped off. “When I saw her, my heart was moved to compassion to love her and make her better. I knew in my heart I had to take care of broken children,” says the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous. She became a pediatric nurse. One dollar changed the life of a child, who grew up to change the lives of others. “People can never know what one act of kindness can do in the life of another person,” says the woman. −Jay Copp Whether it’s the 1950s or 2017 with Lions Susan Eisenhardt and Paul Ostby, the Goodfellows spread Christmas cheer by hawking their newspaper. 2 30 Farm Aid Lions know we change the world with small acts of kindness— and sometimes with a big cow. City slickers, members of the Zurich St. Peter Lions Club in Switzerland appreciate the hard work of farmers. So when they learned a farm family was down on its luck, they sprang into action. In remote Toggenburg, where Jorg and Lucia Rutz struggled to make ends meet with their assortment of calves, sheep and pigs, Lions fenced the pastures of their farm. They also donated a cow to the Rutz family. The Swiss know you can give a thirsty man a glass of milk, but it’s far better to give a cow to a man who knows how to milk one. −Jay Copp LION // LIONMAGAZINE.ORG Lions hand over the cow to a needy farm family.