Most kids don't mind the snow, in fact, many love romping in the stuff. Andrew Ramon is one of those.
He will keep warm this winter, whether it is playing in the snow or coming and going from his classroom at Gingerbread House. He received new snow pants, coat, mittens, hat and boots from the Mr. Goodfellow program, all because of the generous and caring people who have contributed to the annual fund.
Andrew's teacher, Bonnie Engel, remembers the day that he received his new warm clothing at school. He, like most of the children, doesn't know what the Mr. Goodfellow is, and didn't have words to express his feelings when he was presented the clothing and told it was his to keep. The facial expressions say it all.
"That's what makes me feel good," Engel said. "I know they appreciate it."
The teacher has helped distribute new clothing to students at Gingerbread for three years; this year she had the opportunity to take part in the shopping.
Winter wear was selected for 18 students at Gingerbread through Mr. Goodfellow, as well as at elementarys and preschools around the area. Winter arrived rather suddenly, so early shopping proved to be a wise move. When temperatures dipped to below zero in Storm Lake this week, many needy children were already covered.
Engel has many good things to say about the Mr. Goodfellow program and is just as grateful as the parents and the children that receive.
"It is so great. There are a lot of parents that can't buy the clothing, especially right now. It makes me feel good to know these kids are taken care of. It is also great that so many take the time to donate money to Mr. Goodfellow."
She wishes all those contributors could see the smiling faces of the kids.
The Mr. Goodfellow program has been sponsored by the Pilot Tribune for 80 years. So far this season, $5,595 has been donated by individuals and groups, slightly below last year's contributions at this point. The goal is $10,000. With their contributions, often come notes. "Thanks to your great contribution and the warmth of happiness you bring to the children of Storm Lake," was sent by the Cosmo Club along with a $25 donation.
It is all for the children. And more need help. * If you would like to help warm the children, please drop off or mail your donation to Mr. Goodfellow, in care of the Pilot Tribune, 527 Cayuga St., (P.O. Box 1187) Storm Lake.