Times Old Newsies Hit the Streets
Friday, Dec. 6
Since 1937, the Times Old Newsies have worked to help those in need. This year is no different as the group will hit the streets throughout the day on Dec. 6 to sell special edition newspapers and raise funds to feed families this holiday season.
"It's time, talent, and treasure," said event organizer Scott Barnes. "We are all given that gift and it's very important to help other people."
For each paper sold, 100 percent of the proceeds go toward baskets of food that will feed people who may not have access to a meal. The Times Old Newsies have partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank in order to expand their resources.
In the past couple of years, the Newsies have been able to deliver 2,400 baskets, but this year they are looking to reach a new goal of 2,500. Each basket has enough food to feed a family of four for a week.
The baskets will go to people all the way from Downtown Erie to Corry.
Around 80 percent of the collectors are past newspaper carriers, but now second and third generations are getting involved as time goes on. With this comes new changes as well.
"One of the issues we faced was that millennials don't carry money," Barnes said.
To accommodate this younger generation, they have also set up a GoFundMe page for people to donate. Newsies will be selling newspapers in over 200 locations, but some popular ones you can find will be the Millcreek Mall, Walmart, Giant Eagle, Country Fairs, most banks, and various other businesses and shops. — Chloe Forbes
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. // Various locations // gofundme.com/f/erie-times-news-old-newsies