It comes as no surprise to us that many of our county partners do more than just record Deeds — they perform goodDEEDS. We thought it would be a great idea to share as many of these stories as possible. By doing so we hope to raise awareness of the various charities and organizations they contribute to. We want to build their momentum and effectiveness in achieving their very important goals.

We would like to recognize Derrick Quinney, Register of Deeds, Ingham County, Michigan, for his charitable efforts during the 2018 Holiday season. For the past twenty-five years, Derrick has volunteered with the Old Newsboys which is a charity group that raises money to buy shoes and boots for children of the greater Lansing area in Michigan.

In December 2018, Derrick joined the other Old Newsboys volunteers on the streets of Lansing to sell copies of a parody newspaper called the “Lansing Spoof Journal.” The paper, created by staff at the Lansing State Journal, is offered to passersby in exchange for monetary donations of any size. “Paper hawking” for the Old Newsboys has been a proud and fun tradition for those involved. Each year Derrick is joined by his friends Alvin Bonds and Renee Freeman. The three of them share a lot of humor when paper hawking, as they compete to see who can raise the most money.

The Old Newsboys organization has been going strong since 1924, having grown from the modest efforts of Lansing Police Department Truancy Officer George Palmer, who established the Palmer Shoe Fund out of his own pocket. Today, the charity serves approximately 7,000 children every year.

We would like to thank Register of Deeds Derrick Quinney for dedicating his time and effort to contributing to the community and beyond.