Spread some joy: The Goodfellows toy fund delivers Christmas

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Perhaps the decorating and the shopping and the baking and the wrapping are finished. Or maybe all of that remains on the to-do list.

Either way, there's one more task that readers of the Post-Gazette have been performing faithfully since 1947 and that we hope they will complete again this year. It won't take much time and it's not complicated. And, unlike many other holiday activities, this simple act is bound to please, bringing smiles to the faces of children without fail.

We're talking about the Post-Gazette Goodfellows Holiday Toy Fund, which has a mission of delivering a toy to every child who needs one. The charity work started with George Bond, who collected, repaired and then delivered toys to children whose families could not afford to buy them and to institutions that housed youngsters.

It quickly grew too big for one generous man, was adopted by the Optimist Club of Pittsburgh and then by the newspaper. In 1999, the fund began working with Toys for Tots and, since 2002, the Salvation Army has participated as well. Every year, $100,000 worth of new toys are given to more than 30,000 youngsters. Each donation, no matter the size, is acknowledged in the pages of the Post-Gazette.

If this already is part of your family's December tradition, thank you very much. If not, please consider joining in by making a tax-deductible contribution online at www.post-gazette.com/goodfellows or by sending a check to Post-Gazette Goodfellows, Box 90, Pittsburgh, PA 15230.

Make this a merry Christmas for a needy child.

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