Lancer long jumper Arren Young sells a Goodfellows newspaperLancer long jumper Arren Young sells a Goodfellows newspaper in support of charity programs, Thursday.

Lancer track team hits streets for charity

For Arren Young, selling newspapers in support of the Goodfellows was a no-brainer.

“Everyone deserves to have a merry Christmas,” the fourth-year visual arts student said Thursday as he hawked the charity publications to motorists at the intersection of Wyandotte Street and Campbell Avenue.

A varsity athlete who competes in long jump, Young was one of dozens of members of the Lancer track and field team to volunteer for the charity. He said he was happy to respond to the call for participation.

“I feel I should contribute,” he said as he approached the end of a two-hour shift approaching vehicles stopped at the traffic signal. “People have been pretty nice.”

The Lancers collected just over $3,000 in donations in exchange for the papers, which raise funds for the local charity to distribute food baskets during the holiday season, as well as year-round programs providing footwear to children and school breakfasts. The annual sale continues through the weekend across the city.