The Goodfellows Holiday Season
Our mission is: "No Child or Senior without a Christmas".
The application deadline for the 2022 holiday season was November 18. If you missed the application deadline, but still need assistance, one of these local agencies may be able to help. Applications for Holiday Assistance from the Goodfellows can be found here beginning in October each year.
In an average holiday season, we expect to support 400-500 children, families and seniors within our service area, the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills. We expect the need to be significant this year given the current economic environment. Our all-volunteer efforts rely on the kindness and generosity of local residents and businesses to serve the most needy in our community in these challenging times. No one ever gets a paycheck at the Goodfellows, and every dollar donated goes directly into our program. We are always in need of canned or boxed non-perishable foods (expiration date 2024 or beyond), diapers, new books and new toys.
Cash donations are greatly appreciated and critical to our mission. They are used to purchase grocery store and department store gift cards which can be used by our families and seniors in need of assistance. We are a 501c3 public charity, and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by IRS code. Donate online via Paypal or Venmo, or mail to:
Farmington Area Goodfellows
31455 W. Eleven Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
During the winter, spring and summer months, the Goodfellows collect canned and boxed foods, paper products and personal care items to stock the Farmington/Farmington Hills Neighborhood House Food Pantry. Collection boxes are located in these city buildings and local businesses:
Farmington City Hall
Farmington Hills City Hall
Farmington Community Library (Downtown Farmington branch only)
Costick Activities Center, 28600 West 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
Phone: (248) 986-1111 Fax (248) 986-1010 email:
Our warehouse location changes each year based on the availability of a vacant building, and the incredibly kind generosity of community business leaders who donate the warehouse space. Each year we open on the Monday after Thanksgiving, and move out on the weekend after Christmas. We share the space with Oakland County Toys for Tots which serves over 60 communities.
Goodfellows warehouse hours are 10:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday. The Toys for Tots staff are there throughout the afternoon and evening. We share many of our staff members, and both organizations will accept donations on behalf of either charity.
Our warehouse location has not yet been determined for this year. If you are a warehouse owner with a vacant building of at least 20,000 square feet which you would be willing to donate for our use between November 28 and December 30, please contact Richard Lerner.
If you would like to volunteer to help make deliveries on December 17, we will queue up at the warehouse beginning at 9:00am, and usually finish by around 10:30am. Deliveries to Seniors and Families will be loaded from the same line.
SENIORS (55+ AND BETTER) living in Farmington or Farmington Hills needing assistance contact Teresa Jergovich, Farmington Hills Senior Division at (248) 473-1826 or email
FARMINGTON YOUTH ASSISTANCE (children 13-18 years) Farmington Public School students needing assistance this holiday season please call (248) 489-3434 or email
FREE MOVIE DAY AT THE CIVIC THEATER DECEMBER 3: The Theater is offering 2 specials for patrons to help support the Goodfellows on the first Saturday in December, during the downtown Farmington "Holly Days". Enjoy a free movie with the donation of non-perishable food items, a new, unwrapped toy, or cash contribution. Stop in at the Civic Theater from 10 am - 1 pm and support this worthy cause that helps your neighbors have a wonderful holiday season. There are two choices of movies for children, a full length feature film, The Polar Express at 10:15am, and a short movie, Shrek the Halls, with showtimes 10:00am, 10:45am and 11:30am. Even if the movies are not your thing, you can purchase a snack from the concession stand (fresh popcorn, pop, candy), and 50% of your purchase will also be donated to the Goodfellows.
BATTLE OF THE MIDDLES XVII BASKETBALL GAME featuring the teachers and administrators from FPS Middle Schools will be held December 9. Check our full calendar for details about upcoming events, suggested donations and locations.
If you would like to volunteer to help out at our warehouse, or help us on the morning of Saturday, December 18 for our "Delivery Day", please subscribe to our volunteers email list or call us at the number above and we'll be in touch.
Giving to the Goodfellows, whether in the form of food, toys, books, money or your time, is a wonderful way to help support those in need in our community. We hope you'll join us in our efforts to help others this holiday season.
Support the Goodfellows at Work
Would you like to collect food or toy donations at your place of work? How about a Holiday Party with a Purpose? It's easy to do and will help hundreds of local residents in need.
- 1. Send an email to
- 2. Print this sign so customers, co-workers, visitors and nearby businesses will know that you are accepting donations for the Farmington Area Goodfellows.
- 3. Email
- 4. Take a look at these suggestions from our President for ideas on how to host a Holiday Party with a Purpose this holiday season. It's a great team-building experience and supports local children and seniors in need!
That's all there is to it. We tried to make it as easy as possible for the community to join in the effort. The Farmington Area Goodfellows is a non-profit 501c3 public charity. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by IRS code. Our State of Michigan License to Solicit Donations is MICS/CT 12033. Our Federal Tax ID is 38-2623445.
If you would like to accept monetary donations, PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH, ONLY PERSONAL OR COMPANY CHECKS. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by IRS code. Please consult with your tax advisor for information regarding your individual tax situation. All donors that provide contact information by check or online will receive a letter from the Farmington Area Goodfellows acknowledging receipt of their contribution which can be used for tax purposes. F
Online donations can be made through Paypal using this link:
Checks payable to the Farmington Area Goodfellows should be sent to:
Farmington Area Goodfellows
Food donations may be dropped off at Neighborhood House Food Pantry (248-871-2848 by appointment), Farmington Hills City Hall, Farmington City Hall or the Farmington Community Library (downtown Farmington branch only).