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To the American People
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Three and one-half million children in Eastern and Central Europe have no alter
native to disaster between now and next harvest except American aid. For months,,
because the needy were so numerous and the available- funds so limited, these Vriost
helpless sufferers in the track of war have been admitted to Americali feediiig stations
only if tragically undernourished, and have received American medical aid only if des
perately threatened by death from disease. 1
Winter is closing down. The money of many nations is valueless outside their own boundaries. Econo
mic and crop conditions, aggravated over considerable areas by actual warfare last summer, make famine,
with its terrible train of diseases, a certain visitor until next harvest. Inevitably the helpless children will
suffer most. No child can grow to health and sanity on the pitiful makeshifts for.food with which millions
of European adults must content themselves this winter. It is obvious that the remedy can come only from
; America saved 6,000,000 European children winte r before last. Normal recuperation cut the need nearly
in half last year, but.unusual conditions have resulted in scant shrinkage of child destitution during the
twelvemonth just past. The response of America mu st now decide whether 3,500,000 of these charges, in ac
ute distress, shall begin to be turned away in January from more than 17,000 asylums, hospitals, clinics and
feeding-stations dependent on American support. There would be no tragedy in history so sweeping or so
destructive of those who can deserve no evil. ,
The undersigned organizations, working among every race and creed, many engaged also in other forms
of relief, agree unanimously that the plight of these helpless children should have complete priority in over
seas charity until the situation is met. This is an issue without politics and without religious lines. There
can be no danger of pauperization, for the $23,000,000 for child food, and the $10,000,000 for medical service
that we seek, will relieve only the critical cases. The medical supplies, of course, must be an unqualified
gift, but for every American dollar used in child-feeding, the governments and communities aided furnish
two dollars in the form of transportation, rent, labor, clerical helpcash contributions and such food sup-
plies as are locally obtainable.
. Umatilla County has not failed in the past in gre at-heartedness.
call than this. '
She has never had a more poignant
This drive is endorsed and is being pushed by
THE PENDLETON COMMERCIAL CLUB
THE PENDLETON ROTARY CLUB
EVERY MINISTER IN PENDLETON
THE BUSINESS MEN OF PENDLETON
It should be endorsed and contributed to by every citizen.
Share your Xmas with the children. Umatilla County's quota is 800 lives. .,
REMEMBER THEY ARE STARVING! SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS WITH THEM!
J. V. TALLMAN, County Chairman
C. If. MARSH - v
JAMES II. STURGIS
R. E. CIILOUPEK
Thin .VIvoi li-ciiM'nt Hiinatl !- Alexander lept. Stoif.
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