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Pacific Stars and Stripes, Oct. 17, 1952

Story On Korean Tot Starts Drive In U.S.

WITH U.S. 7TH DIV, Oct. 17- A picture story in Pacific Stars and Stripes concerning a pathetic Korean orphan has started a charity drive snowballing in Pasadena, Cal.

A letter from Capt. Bob Southern, motor officer for the 17th Regiment, to his mother, Mrs. Vena Cochevar, Pasadena, started it all.

SOUTHERN SYMPATHIZED with a story he read regarding the death of a poverty-stricken Korean orphan and "the numerous other tragic cases of hungry and parentless tots throughout Korea."

The Pacific Stars and Stripes story reminded the captain of the "countless other cases in both small and large Korean towns involving children from the ages of one to four whose parents have been killed. With the approach of subzero weather these children are going to need clothing."

Southern wrote to his mother, who wrote back informing him of a giant-sized campaign. A columnist from the Pasadena Star-News picked up the story and the city started its drive.

THE JUNIOR CHAMBER of commerce, representatives of municipal clubs and societies and other units started gathering drugs, medicinal supplies, food, and clothing. Each box with this material is labeled with the estimated sex and age of the recipient and the contents of the box.

According to the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the collection is one "of the biggest projects ever attempted by the organization." The turnout of material is so extensive that a storage house was utilized to store the equipment. Facilities of a local van and storage house were donated for holding the equipment until it is ready to be shipped to Korea.




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