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Spoof paper sales will assist kids

Spoof paper sales will assist kids
  • On December 5, 2017

By Ashlee Buhler
Associate Editor

Every year on the first Thursday of December, hundreds of volunteers from The Old Newsboys Association fill the streets of Lansing with the hope of raising money to provide shoes and boots for children in need.

Since 1932, The Lansing State Journal has collaborated with The Old Newsboys to publish a spoof paper. The publication is currently known as The Lansing Spoof Journal. The paper puts a funny twist on the main headlines you might read about in the news.

Sales day falls on Thursday, Dec. 7 this year, with volunteers selling papers in various locations from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To purchase a spoof paper, The Old Newsboys ask that people give a donation of whatever they can afford.

Eric Armbrustmacher, a bus driver at LCC, said he has been selling The Spoof Journal on campus for about 10 years.

“An uncle of mine that worked for Ingham County and sold Old Newsboys in some of the county buildings in downtown Lansing asked me if anyone sold them on LCC’s campus,” he said. “I’d seen them around the downtown area near campus, but not on campus. So I tracked down what I needed to do to sell on campus and started.”

Last year The Old Newsboys raised over $180,000 in donations. Roughly $300 of those sales came from LCC.

Armbrustmacher said he loves hearing from students and staff about how their families have been helped through this great cause.

“I love that all the money goes directly to the kids in need around the Lansing area to help them buy shoes or boots,” he said. “The members of the Old Newsboys board donate their time and money to help cover any costs to make sure all the money (raised) goes for the kids.”

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