The Goodfellows story began in 1905 when Thomas May, a prominent editorial cartoonist for the Detroit Journal Paper, was deeply moved by a story he had heard from one of his employees.
The employee told May about a little neighbourhood girl he came across, sitting on the steps of a rundown house, wearing a tattered coat and shivering in the winter cold. The girl explained that she was waiting for Santa, but concluded that she “must have been very naughty because he hasn’t come.”
Inspired by this, May created a drawing of a little girl with her head slumped over an empty table in a desolate room, and a ragged empty stocking dangling from her hand – a picture that would eventually become the official emblem of the Goodfellows. The drawing was published in the newspaper and led to the formation of the Detroit Goodfellows.