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Newspaper article published in the Schenectady Union-Star, New York, March 27th, 1953.   This is a follow-up of the original article published on 19 March.


Plea For Aid to Korean War Orphans
 finds Area Women Willing to Help


A plea for food and clothing for Korean orphans, printed in last Thursday's edition of the Union-Star, tugged at the heartstrings of several Schenectady women.

          As a result, one already has written letters to several nationally known food companies, one of which replied that a case of cereal is now on its way to Korea.

          Mrs. Dominick A. Cicchinelli, of 1370 Santa Fe St., read the heartwarming letter of a young Schenectady county soldier who, with several of his buddies, acts as "dad" to 274 orphans of war.

          She wrote to the Maltex Co., Burlington, Vt., and yesterday she received a letter that said a case of cereal was being shipped to Korea in care of Pvt. Arthur J. Eifert of Rotterdam.

          Mrs. Cicchinelli also has written letters to several other food companies, requesting that they ship their products to Eifert.

          Mrs. Cicchinelli added that when she read the letter, she began to think "how lucky we are that we don't have that problem here.  I thought if we don't help those children, we might get punished."

          In Scotia, four women, who banded together to repair clothing for shipment to Dutch people after the recent floods in Holland, decided that they, too, could help the Korean orphans.

          Mrs. Gordon Mason, 206 Broad St., said they have several boxes of clothing, both old and new.

          She said, however, that they have a problem; they are willing to spend their money to purchase materials, if they can find someone who will pay the postage to ship the finished articles.

          "If we have to spend our money for postage, that means just so much less clothing we will be able to buy or repair," she said this morning.  "I hope some civic organization will help us out by underwriting the cost of shipment."

          Others assisting Mrs. Mason with re-cutting, re-sewing and buying materials, are Mrs. Henry Truran, Mrs Boyd Mitchell and Mrs. Gerald Hall.

          Meanwhile, an anonymous third group of women is preparing children's garments, particularly nightclothes, to be sent to Eifert.

          Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Eifert, 504 Curry Rd., the young soldier in his letter pleaded especially for basic food staples, such as powdered milk, chocolate, cereals, dried fruits and vegetables, as well as clothing, material, and shoes.

          He asked that packages be sent to him, but marked "Orphanage" in the event he should leave his company before the packages arrive.  The children are quartered in a Seoul sanatorium and hospital.

          The address is: Pvt. Arthur J. Eifert, US 51125789, 326th CRC, APO 301, c/o Postmaster, San Francisco, Calif.

          Packages must not exceed 22 pounds, or 17 inches in length or width.  Postage rate is 14 cents a pound.




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