Canton Ex-Newsboys | Nonprofit spotlight

The Canton Ex-Newsies nonprofit was formed in 1960 by a groups of former newspaper carriers and employees of The Repository. This was a way they could give back to the community.

What is your mission?

The mission of the Canton Ex-Newsboys is “No child shall miss school for the need of clothes and shoes.”

How was the organization formed?

The Canton Ex-Newsies nonprofit was formed in 1960 by a groups of former newspaper carriers and employees of The Repository. This was a way they could give back to the community.

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What is the newspaper sale?

The newspaper sale is held on the second Friday in December each year. The Ex-Newsies hit the streets, malls, post offices and Stark County businesses to sell a charity edition newspaper. The issue is published by The Repository to raise money for the organization to help children in need of clothing and shoes. The Ex-Newsboys is a 501(c)3 organization, and no one receives a paycheck. Every dollar collected goes to the
kids in Stark County. In addition to the newspaper sale, a kickoff dance is held each January and golf outings are held in July and September. The Ex-Newsies also participate in the Hall of Fame Community Parade and have a booth at the Stark County Fair.

How can others help?

The organization is looking to recruit younger members to join. “We would like to see younger members to join in order to keep this great charity running for another 50 years,” said board President Karl “Butch” Kraus. Anyone older than 18 may join. Annual dues are $20. Members are not required to be former newspaper carriers.

What else should people know about the Ex-Newsboys?

It’s all about the kids in Stark County. The organization is not for Christmas presents, food or toys. Children in grades K-12 who attend a school in Stark County may apply for assistance in the fall. The Ex-Newsies work with the J.C. Penney Co. to provide those children in need with the appropriate clothes, shoes and coats.

ABOUT THE EX-NEWSBOYS

Website: www.cantonexnewsies.com

Board members: Karl “Butch” Kraus, president; Dale Dierdorf, first vice president and secretary; Joe Andalori, second vice president; Michael Thomas, treasurer; Mike Hedrick, assistant treasurer.

Send donations to: P.O. Box 20124, Canton, OH 44701-0124