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Old Newsboys Day raises money for meals at Salvation Army

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On Friday, you might have driven past someone waving around a copy of the Watertown Daily Times newspaper and talking to passersby.

That is because it was the 77th anniversary of the Old Newsboys Day fundraiser, where volunteers took to the streets to sell donated copies of The Watertown Daily Times newspaper for at or above its $3 cover price, to anyone wishing to support the Salvation Army — one of the region’s most uplifting organizations.

The event is now dedicated in honor of David L. Bonney, who worked in the Times circulation department and was the organizer of the annual fundraiser for four decades. He died on July 16, 2022, at the age of 76.

Although Bonney is no longer here to organize the event, his passion for working on behalf of the community continues on.

Paul A. Simmons, president of the Watertown Salvation Army Board of Directors, said that their goal for this year was to raise between $25,000 to $30,000. By 2 p.m. Friday they were already halfway there, and Simmons said they would certainly be reaching their goal.

David Dailey, an organizer of the event, said that the money will continue to “trickle in over the next few weeks,” as donations are made.

Simmons said that the Salvation Army currently provides around 250 meals a day, five days a week — and some days the number is even higher, reaching up to 540 meals.

With that many people in need of meals, the Salvation Army can use all the help it can get to keep helping the community.

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Watertown community members fill trolley with donated backpacks, school supplies

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WATERTOWN — Despite the drizzly weather Tuesday, community members loaded up the trolley outside the Laura Whitney State Farm office on Coffeen Street with backpacks and school supplies for the Community Action Planning Council to give out to those in need.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., DJs from Community Broadcasters took turns broadcasting live on site during the event before the donations were driven to the CAPC.

Bringing supplies such as crayons, colored pencils, notebooks, glue sticks, pencils and pens, local resident Diane Curtis stopped by the office to help fill the trolley.

“There’s a lot of children and families that can’t afford things nowadays,” she said. “I have 10 grandchildren out of state, so I thought it would be nice to do.”

According to event organizer and State Farm team member Annea Kimmett, about a quarter of the donations that filled the trolley came from the motorcycle group Hades Hounds, which often helps out with community causes.

“There’s a lot of love and labor here,” she said. “It’s not just about the money, it’s about giving back to the community.”

Along with donations of backpacks and supplies, monetary donations were also accepted. Mrs. Kimmett said more than half the trolley had been filled with items by the end of the day. She estimated that with all the bags, supplies and money, around $6,000 was donated to the CAPC.

Mrs. Kimmett noted that last year, a similar fundraiser took place, but the location was moved to the State Farm office this year and will remain there. The hope is for the event to get bigger and better each year.

“In today’s economic tangle that every family is in, you sometimes have to choose between putting gas in your car or buying your daughter the backpack that she wants,” Mrs. Kimmett said. “This is why this is important, the parents won’t have to worry about it. They can worry about fighting with their children about what to wear the first day of school, but this should not be a parent’s worry. I want the children and the parents to know that there are heroes and they’re here in the community.”

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The Worse The Pandemic, The More Generously Americans Donated to Others – to Record Level

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Individuals in the USA showed greater financial generosity when under threat from COVID-19, according to new research.

The researchers used the world’s largest tracker of financial charity from the years leading up to and then proceeding into the pandemic, while also conducting controlled experimental games. Both inquiries found that the pandemic made Americans more generous with their capital.

Lead author Ariel Fridman and colleagues examined the relationship between the presence of threat from COVID-19 and generosity, first using a dataset, provided by Charity Navigator, the world’s largest independent charity evaluator. This first dataset consisted of actual charitable-giving data spanning July 2016 through December 2020, and contained various information on 696,942 individual donations.

This dataset found that 78% of U.S. counties with a COVID-19 threat increased the total amount donated in March 2020 compared to March 2019. Even more encouraging, the charitable amounts increased the most when the degree of danger from the virus was highest: 32.9% under high threat vs 28.5% under medium threat compared to no threat.

The second data set of 1,000 people came from a controlled experiment using the “dictator game” in which one player (the dictator) receives $10 and makes a unilateral decision on how to divide it between themselves and a stranger.

Normally, across the many uses of this game in social science research, the dictator almost always gives a portion of it to the stranger, but evaluated over the same timespan as the Charity Navigator dataset, Fridman et al. found that dictators were almost 10% more generous with their $10 stake after COVID-19 arrived in the individual’s country.

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Second round of Watertown donations headed to Ukraine; collection continues through Thursday

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WATERTOWN — After sending off the first round of essential goods to Ukraine, donations coming to Brenda H. Sipher and the team at the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors have more than doubled over the last week.

“People come in and say, ‘Oh, well, I only have a couple blankets to give,’” Lance M. Evans, executive officer of the realty board said. “But then you put all of those seemingly small donations together and you get this.”

Members of the church managing these donations, Volodymyr Vadyuk and Bohdan Movchko, loaded up the second round into a U-Haul Friday afternoon, bound once again for St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 207 Tompkins St., in Syracuse. From there, they will transport everything to New Jersey before being shipped overseas.

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