NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) –  Montgomery County’s “Old Newsboys’ Day” turned out to be very successful today, as dozens of volunteers hit the streets of Norristown to help raise money for the Variety Club.

College students joined business and elected leaders and other volunteers (including Eagles’ mascot “Swoop”) to spend two hours hawking the “Happiness Edition” of the newspaper on Main Street in front of the courthouse.

The suggested donation was a dollar, but many people shelled out more than that to help thousands of children with disabilities throughout the Philadelphia region.

Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman was among those taking part.

“Some people know about Variety, some don’t,” she said, “but we got great support from the local community. “It raises awareness, it raises dollars, it raises camaraderie here around the courthouse.  It was a terrific day.”

Officials with the Variety Club say the event raised more than a thousand dollars — the most they’ve collected in the four years they’ve been selling papers in Montgomery County.

(Philadelphia will celebrate “Old Newsboys’ Day” next Friday, October 21st.)

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

Top Content On CBSPhilly

Watch & Listen LIVE