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IF XOU CARE TO HELP A POOR FAMILY DIRECT
ON CHRISTMAS, HERE'S YOUR CHANCE
The generous and prompt response
to every appeal for aid in stories of
destitution that have been published
in The Day Book has shown us what
warm-hearted readers we have and
convinced us that each and every
one of them is willing to do his or
her best to help those less fortunate.
It is.our belief that there would be
a vast amount of direct assistance
given to those in distress if people
only knew just where such cases
could be found.
Therefore, at this season of the
year, when each of our hearts is over
flowing with good will to all men, we
are publishing a list of twenty-five
separate cases of suffering. To none
of these people will Christmas have
any significance unless you make it
significant by remembering them.
You may only be able to do a little,
but that little will bring a ray of sun
shine and hope into lives that are
now almost entirely hopeless. '
The Cynthia Westover Alden Soci
ety, a sunshine club of women, have
offered to provide Christmas cheer
for fifteen children. We appeal to
other "sunshine" men and women,
organized and unorganized, to do
what they can to scatter sunshine on
Christmas day into the following
The names are not published in
order that we may shield the victims
of lack of work and poverty from
publicity, but if you drop a card or
phone to this office stating what you
wan to .do, the name and address will
be sent or given you. We know these
stories to be true stories.
1 Husband out of work six
months. Wife has to care for five
children, ranging from 3 months to
13 years. live in a basement and
are very destitute.
2 Widow; was a seamstress until
her eyes became badly weakened.
Her one son. is in the county jail
awaiting trialiormurder. T)iis
woman's Christmas will "be more
than a destitute one; it will be black
3 Widow with three small chil
dren, twins 7 years old and a boy of 5.
She has been unable to get work and
they need assistance badly.
4 4 children; husband out of work.
They live in a basement and are des
titute. 5 Widow in poor health. She has
four small children and one boy of
17, who is not strong and has been
out of work for some time. Mrs. G".
takes in washing to support herself
and family, but she isn't strong
enpugh to provide for them against
6 Husband out of work 4 months;
5 small children, the oldest 10, They
owe rent and are frequently with
7 Tailor who has been out of
work for 5 months. He has a wife
and 5 children, ages ranging from 2
to 10 years. He has tuberculosis.
8 An old lady who has been sick
in bed for ten weeks and has neither
medical nor other attention. She
has a son in Los Angeles who is mar
ried and sends her a pittance each
week, the most he can spare, but not
sufficient to take care of her. The
kindness of her landlord is all that
keeps her from being without shelter.
9 An old lady, desperately poor,
who makes a meager existence by
taking in sewing.
10 Husband a laborer out of
work. Five small children, the young
est 6 months -old. Credit has been
shut off at grocery. In desperate
11 Husband deserted her. Has a
girl of 8 and a boy of 5. Works when
she can get it
12 Widow, 2 children, 2 and 4
years. Without work. Needs cloth
ing and food.
13 8 children, youngest 7 months.
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