David Krecek isn't sure when he and his wife, Vicki, began making donations to Goodfellows. He just knows it was many years ago.
His parents gave to Goodfellows, and he was happy to follow in their footsteps, he said.
Krecek especially likes seeing how some of the donations are used by reading the stories that run throughout the holidays every year in The World-Herald.
“They are heartwarming,” he said. “Goodfellows does a lot of good for a lot of people.”
Krecek also likes that Goodfellows doesn't have any overhead expenses, so the money goes to those who need it. The World-Herald pays all administrative costs.
“You get more bang for your buck.”
He follows the totals that run at the end of the newspaper stories. “I like to look at them,” he said, adding that the lists make him realize “how generous Omaha is. That's one of the things that makes it easy to give.”
Another thing that makes giving easier for the Kreceks is being able to donate through the Omaha Community Foundation. The couple can go to their account on the foundation website and list who should receive donations and how much each gets. Goodfellows is listed as one of their charities.
“You can see what you've done before,” he said. “You can either add to the amounts or just say you want to repeat what you gave in the past.”
David Krecek is a management consultant. Vicki is retired after working 21 years for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Now she volunteers for or sits on the boards of several organizations.
“We keep active,” David Krecek said.