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New ordinance inhibiting fundraising organization

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FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Nine decades and 750,000 children helped.

But this year, the Old Newsboy's paper sales to raise money for kids in need won't be done in the streets of Flint Township.

Chris Hamilton, executive director of Old Newsboys of Flint, is talking about a new Flint Township ordinance passed this year making it illegal to collect money in the streets.

"It's kind of disheartening," Hamilton said. "It's a matter of trying to get rid of panhandlers."

Hamilton sat on the committee considering the ordinance, and he pushed for a process to allow nonprofits to apply for a permit to fundraise.

He said that fell on deaf ears.

"Not a lot of thought has gone into this. They've put the curtailment on a lot of nonprofits that are out there one day a year trying to raise money for their nonprofit and charity," Hamilton said.

Instead of the streets of Flint Township, the Old Newsboys will instead carpet the parking lots of businesses like Speedway, who have opened their lots for their use.

"I think there should have been more considering into working this out," Hamilton said.

Flint Township has not responded to requests for comment.

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