For nearly 70 years, the Watertown Daily Times and the Salvation Army in Watertown have teamed up during the holiday season to help raise money for local families in need. Old Newsboys Day is a tradition that helps a lot of people. But as our Brian Dwyer explains, it needs your help to keep going.
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The Watertown Daily Times is getting ready to print a very special edition for next Friday, December 7th. That day's paper will be given to volunteers who will be out on the streets trying to sell them for as much as possible. It's called Old Newsboys Day, a fundraising effort where the sale of that paper goes to the Salvation Army to help families in need.
"It's all about raising the money, making a meaningful impact on the community and the Salvation Army," Watertown Daily Times General Manager John B. Johnson said. "That's the goal. That's why we've been behind this for decades."
"This time of the year, the holidays, not only is it one of the most emotional, emotion driven times of year, but it's the time of year where we really see humanity at its best," Lieutenant Zeb Hough of the Watertown Salvation Army said.
The Salvation Army takes the money from this day, it raised some $30,000 last year and is able to give toys and winter clothes to kids for presents and to make sure there's food on the table. The Lieutenant says a community that helps each other is a community that thrives.
"It's a community that not only exists, but knows its neighbor. This is the type of community where you walk down the street and you know everybody because everybody is helping everybody," Lt. Hough said.
And while this year's Old Newsboys Day is set to go, it won't be easy. Volunteers are few and far between. Future years are in question. So before next week, the hope is more people will get in the spirit.
"We're looking for more," Johnson said. "We're looking for anybody that can come down and spend an hour or two, spend half a their day and walk around and sell some newspapers to people."
The hope that that could provide people would also build on the hope this tradition can continue for another 70 years.
For more information on how you can volunteer and help sell papers next Friday, you're asked to call either Erica Bobbitt at the Salvation Army in Watertown at 782-4470. You can also contact the Watertown Daily Times at 782-1000.