The Goodfellows tradition of providing holiday toys to needy children began 101 years ago.
Last year, Houston's generosity enabled Goodfellows to provide toys to nearly 60,000 children in almost 18,000 families. Please take a moment to read more about the families we have helped and donate today to help keep the tradition alive.
When the global recession began in 2009, Richard and Ginni Mithoff agreed to cancel their annual Christmas party and donate to those who were gripped by financial burdens.
The Mithoffs, well-known in Houston for their philanthropy, decided to give $50,000 to the Houston Chronicle's Goodfellows program.
This year, the couple celebrates their fifth year of giving to Goodfellows, a program that provides toys for children whose families need assistance because of unemployment, illness or other circumstances.
"There's only so much you need to have a comfortable life, and when you have more than that, then you should give to those who don't have a comfortable life," Ginni Mithoff said.