Our Mission

With the motto of “Assistance Without Delay” and a creed of “100% for Charity”, the Old Newsboys are driven by a straight-forward, yet important mission: “No Child Shall Miss School for Lack of Shoes or Coat”. Our goal has been the same since our founding in 1929: “Immediate Emergency Service When a School Administrator, Police Officer, Fire Official, or Neighbor Reports a Child in Need”. The Old Newsboys is not a substitute for public welfare or other various social agencies, and does not undertake continuing clients. Instead, it functions without administrative delay to afford speedy, temporary service.

Aiding Our Community

The Old Newsboys provide aid and relief to the financially disadvantaged of Northwest Ohio through:

  • Distribution of new clothing and shoes to needy children via vouchers distributed by school administrators, policemen, firemen, and neighbors.
  • Donations to other local charitable organizations that also provide assistance to needy kids.
  • Delivery of food baskets to needy families, throughout the year and especially during holiday seasons.
  • Awarding 8 college scholarships each year to high school seniors who would otherwise not have an opportunity to further their education.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent each year for these worthy programs. Distribution is made without regard to race or creed. The only criteria is being in need.

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A Proud History

The Old Newsboys is an organization of over 600 active and life members. We have been devoted to helping needy kids in the Toledo area since 1929. Our members come from all walks of life. Our common bond of fellowship is compassion for children suffering from poverty and neglect. You don’t have to be old, have had newspaper route, or be a boy to join us.

“Newsies” raise 100% of their own funds by hawking an annual Charity Edition Newspaper each December. We sell our newspapers on area street corners and in local businesses, banks, malls, and any place that will have us. 100% of what we collect goes to help local kids.

We are very proud of our history, and invite you to help us continue our work, by donating both your time and your money.

Our Leadership

  • President: John Mattimoe
  • 1st Vice President: Tracey Edwards
  • 2nd Vice President: Emilio Ramirez
  • 3rd Vice President: Jeff Ogg
  • 4th Vice President: David Taylor
  • Treasurer: Jim Melms
  • Secretary: Rachel Doran
  • Historian: Richard Buchholz
  • Chaplin: Robert Lesinski

Past Presidents 1929-2013

  • * W. S. Thurston
  • * Joe Zimmerman
  • * Pete Sun
  • * Dave Topper
  • * Dwight Hatcher
  • * Judge Roy Stuart
  • * Edw. O’Connell
  • * Harry H. Heiner
  • * Chas. D. Hoover
  • * Gordon Jeffery
  • * Frank S. Newell
  • * L. Jay Gifford
  • * Ray Kest
  • * Judge Harvey Straub
  • * Gerald Cullen
  • * Joe Gallon
  • * Landon E. Hall
  • * Chief Roy Davis
  • * Rev. H. L. Davis
  • * Worth Clegg
  • * Virgil E. Cramer
  • * J. Paul Utz
  • * Isadore Odesky
  • * Lloyd E. Roulet
  • * Ralph Hoover
  • * C. E. Veller
  • * Ray Bassler
  • * Phil Hening
  • * Warren W. Clegg
  • * Bill Strong
  • * A. F. Papenhagen
  • * K. VanWormer
  • * Arthur Gluntz
  • * Judge Frank Wiley
  • * Frank G. Pauly
  • * Sidney G. Douglas
  • * Al Shnider
  • * Al Boerger
  • * Homer Hanham
  • * Judge Willis Ludeman
  • * Howard W. Adkins
  • * Kim Boyd
  • * Lou Tomczak
  • * Andy Mulligan
  • * Frank C. Justen
  • * Sol Wittenberg
  • * Eulan G. Tucker
  • Tom Weisenburger
  • * Keno Hatfield
  • * Elmer V. Scallish
  • John McHugh
  • Dave Langendorfer
  • * Alfred Samborn
  • Richard Buchholz
  • * William G. Herzig
  • * Jack Renz
  • * James S. Rabbit
  • Sam Epstein
  • Ron Shnider
  • * Bob Standriff
  • Bob Wuest
  • John Ludeman
  • * Phil Zimmerman
  • Bob Zimmerman
  • * Jay Shuer
  • Gary Wolniewicz
  • Jim Bishop
  • David J. Williams
  • Tim Reny
  • Linda Costell
  • Gil Cline
  • John Tharp
  • Ron Navarro
  • * J. “Boxy” Boxenbaum
  • Jerry Baum
  • Gary Wyse
  • Jack D. Renz
  • Stan Czerminski
  • Bill Sanford
  • Mike Bell
  • Laurie Renz-Gast
  • Pat Markland
  • Jay Gast
  • Greg Loeb
  • David Hendricks

* = DECEASED