The Williston family legacy with Chatham Goodfellows began in 1959 when Phil invited Mary on a date to #1 scout hut to prepare gently used toys for Chatham Goodfellows. Mary’s first job was painting a red wagon in need of a coat of red paint. By Mary’s own admission, she was hooked not only on Phil but on Goodfellows. Before long Mary and Phil were married, and the Williston legacy with Chatham Goodfellows was born. Phil was recognized as Mr. Goodfellow in 1988, he served as the Goodfellows President from 1998 – 2000, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for several decades. Mary was recognized as Mrs. Goodfellow in 2004. “Pay it Forward “, is the motto and foundation of the Williston family. Over parts of seven decades and four generations of the Williston family along with many friends, they have knocked on doors, packed groceries and toys and delivered them to en- sure they have done their part that no child goes without a Christmas.
These days while Mary and Phil act on more of an advisory role with Goodfellows, their sons, Scott and Craig have taken on leadership roles with Chatham Goodfellows. Scott is entering his fourth year as the President and Craig, the 2011 Mr. Goodfellow recipient, is entering his third year on the Board of Directors.