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  • Ex-Newsboys, others honored by NAACP

  • Since its creation nearly 53 years ago, the Canton Ex-Newsboys Association has been providing coats, shoes, socks and clothes to children in need.

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  • The Canton Ex-Newsboys Association has been helping area children since 1960.
    In that time, its members have raised more than $3 million to clothe more than 43,000 school-age children.
    Recognizing its efforts in the community, the Stark County NAACP gave its community service award to the Ex-Newsboys during Thursday’s annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
    “None of us are in this for awards. It’s a very pleasant surprise, especially from such a prestigious organization,” said Mike Hedrick, Ex-Newsboys president.
    “We take it as a great honor.”
    The Ex-Newsboys were among several organizations lauded by the NAACP for work in the Stark County community. NAACP President Moniquec Conner said the honored agencies step up to make a positive impact.
    Others recognized were:
    • Jake Lebold of A Community Christmas. The nonprofit service organization works to provide a Christmas for needy area families.
    “No one workers harder than those folks,” Conner said.
    • Joseph Paris of Kidsummit. The drug-prevention program is in its 21st year. More than 15,000 area children have participated in Kidsummit programs since 1991.
    “He always tries to find something to stimulate the kids’ minds to keep them out of trouble,” Conner said.
    • Marie Senften-Dietz of Canton Calvary Mission, which has a food pantry, hot meals program, tutoring and other services to meet community needs.
    “They’re like an all-in-all, one-stop program,” Conner said.
    • Former U.S. Rep. John Boccieri of Alliance was the featured speaker.
    EX-NEWSBOYS
    Since its creation nearly 53 years ago, the Canton Ex-Newsboys Association has been providing coats, shoes, socks and more to children who need them.
    Conner noted that the Ex-Newsboys dedicate 100 percent of the money raised to the effort.
    “That’s where we need to focus. We need to focus on our children,” she said. “I can’t say enough about what they do.”
    Hedrick said the need among area students continues. Back in 2007-2008, the group gave support to 962 children. Last year the number reached 2,098.
    The group sells its charity edition newspaper and conducts other fund-raisers. All participants volunteer their time. The group has more than 300 members.
    “None of us are reimbursed for anything,” Hedrick said.
    One of biggest misconceptions, he said, is that you have to be tied to the newspaper industry or a male to join. Many of the original members were former Repository or newspaper carriers but it is not required.
    Want to join Ex-Newsboys?
    Memberships: Open to all.
    Dues: $20 per year.
    Checks: Payable to C.E.N.A., may be sent to Sam Randazzo, membership chairman, 1124 Western Ave. SW, Canton, OH, 44710. Please include name, address, phone number and email address.
    Page 2 of 2 - For information, call 454-9461, ext. 1667, or send your questions about Ex-Newsboys to PO Box, 20124, Canton, OH 44701-0124.
    Ex-Newsboys events
    The Canton Ex-Newsboys Association will host the following fundraising events.
    Dec. 12: Annual banquet at Skyland Pines. For information or tickets ($20 each), call Jim Purses at 330-966-3044.
    Dec. 14: Charity edition sale. Ex-Newsboys volunteers will hit the streets to sell the 53rd annual edition, which is designed and printed by The Repository.
    Jan. 11: Annual pizza dinner/dance at the Canton Civic Center.