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Old Newsboys hope to surpass 800,000 kids helped since 1924

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In a week, folks in Flint will begin seeing a familiar sight: old newsboys selling papers at intersections across the area, raising money to make the holidays special for local children.

But the decades-old organization does more than this one event.

Chris Hamilton, executive director for the Old Newsboys, said the donations are for the same goal every year.

“Our goal is our motto, let no child be left behind,” Hamilton said.

Box after box, each filled with toys and necessities for children in Genesee County.

In Santa's workshop, they begin in November to fill enough for children in need in time for Christmas.

“There isn't a week that goes by that someone doesn't come up to me and say, and I wouldn't expect it, they say, you know, without the old newsboys, I wouldn't have had a Christmas as a needy kid,” Hamilton said.

So far this year, the Old Newsboys have helped about 4,000 kids. But there's plenty more to go.

“If you've helped over 790,000 kids since 1924, you're going to touch a lot of lives,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said this year will put that number over 800,000 kids helped since the group began.

But they could still use a little help.

“The big way you can help out is donations,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said the donations keep the boxes filled for the thousands of kids they help every year.

“It's very gratifying. We're taking care of a void,” Hamilton said. “And for a young person, there's no greater void than one at Christmas time.”

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