Join Canton, Michigan residents who support our goal of “No Child Without a Christmas” through sponsorships and volunteering.
Our busiest time of the year is September through mid-December. We have various opportunities for you to volunteer with the Canton Goodfellows.
SPONSOR A CHILD
Are you interested in sponsoring a child or an entire family, by purchasing clothing and gifts for Christmas?
As you’re deciding, here are some things to think about:
- Our children are usually all sponsored out by the end of October. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, make sure to contact us in early October, or you might miss out!
- Sponsors do not have to purchase all of the child’s toys and clothing. You decide how much you can afford to spend on your sponsored child. We fill in what is not supplied.
- Anyone can sponsor a child, or several children; you don’t need to be a Canton resident.
- Child assignments begin in mid-October
- If you’d like to sponsor a child, send a message to our Sponsoring account firstname.lastname@example.org
What you need to know about sponsorship:
- We communicate with sponsors by email.
- Prior years’ sponsors and new sponsors (who have sent us requests) are contacted by email in early-October.
- Sponsorship assignments begin in mid-October and continue until every child has been sponsored.
- Once a sponsor is assigned a child, we’ll provide a detailed wish list from the family with child size, age, gender, interests, and a reasonable “wish” to help you select gifts. We’ll also provide you with our gift guidelines. Our goal is to provide each child with four pieces of clothing and four toys.
- Sponsors will also receive specific information about the drop-off of gifts, including date, time, and location.
COVID NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 problems this fall, we need to lessen the contact between our staff and volunteers. In order to do this, during our December 2nd through December 11th Work Week we will only be using seasoned volunteers who have worked with us year after year. New volunteers can always sign up in other capacities for various events. We hope that you understand our reasoning, and that you will still want to volunteer with us in years to come!
You don’t need any special skills to volunteer, only a wish to make sure that no child in Canton, Michigan goes without a Christmas.
Our volunteers get involved in many aspects of our campaign. Whether you’re looking to
- Volunteer at Work Week to organize gifts
- Help out at the Holiday Market Food Drive
- Purchase a gift during the Summit Gift Drive
- Become a Sponsor for our 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser
- Participate in our 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser
- Attend our meetings or become a member of Canton Goodfellows
we have opportunities for you to lend a hand. Make sure to also check out our Calendar page, which lists our events.
If you want to make a monetary donation, please visit our donate page.
All of our volunteer efforts are coordinated through Paula Kosbe, Canton Township Volunteer Coordinator. After September 1, you can reach Paula at email@example.com or call 1.734.394.5191 to let her know how you’d like to get involved. (In 2021, new volunteers should not contact Paula to work during our December 2nd through December 11th Work Week.)
Are you interested in getting involved with the Canton Goodfellows? Read about how one of our members decided to join :
I first learned about Canton Goodfellows through my children when they were enrolled in Plymouth-Canton Schools. They wanted to participate by donating food, clothing, books and toys. It became a special, annual family outing to shop for needed items and drop them off for Goodfellows.
Eventually, I started volunteering with Goodfellows, became a member, and joined the Board. My children no longer live in this area but Goodfellows was an important part of their childhood and helped reinforce their responsibility to help families less fortunate than our own.
I’m grateful for this organization and how it serves our community. The volunteers I have met are some of the most selfless and kind people around!
Check out our Work Week photos. Do you recognize any of our volunteers who are organizing Christmas gifts and toys for children?
SHOP TO SUPPORT US
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Canton Goodfellows every time you shop, at no extra cost to you.
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same prices and selection as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Canton Goodfellows.
On your first visit to Amazon Smile, you’ll need to select Canton Goodfellows as your charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.
Go to AmazonSmile to show your support for the Canton Goodfellows while you shop online!
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS
If you’re a Kroger customer, the Kroger Community Rewards Program is an easy way to support Canton Goodfellows while you shop.
To get started, sign up for the Community Rewards Program with your Kroger Plus Card and select Canton Goodfellows as the organization you wish to support. Find our organization by searching for “Canton Goodfellows” or by using our organization number, 62754.
Once you’re enrolled, you’ll earn rewards for the Canton Goodfellows every time you shop and use your Plus Card!
NOTE: If you are currently enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, you DO NOT have to re-enroll each April, as previously required.