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Pacific Stars and Stripes, Nov. 18, 1952

Letter Home Helps Warm Tots

WITH EIGHTH ARMY, Nov. 18- A captain's letter to his wife mentioning that there were many Korean children suffering from the cold because they did not have warm clothing, has brought a flood of contributions from the United States.

Capt. H. R. Jones, 314th Ordnance Group, wrote his wife, Doris, in Nevada, Ia., that "it was a pity that something couldn't be done to clothe the little types properly against the cold Korean winter."

Mrs. Jones started a drive in her home town to collect old clothing that could help the Korean children. With support of several Nevada churches and friends, her drive netted 12 boxes of clothing which she shipped to her husband in Korea.

CAPT. JONES received the first five boxes several days ago. He got in touch with Chaplain (Capt.) William L. Jones, Atlanta, Ga., chaplin to the 93d Ordnance Battalion. They decided to give the clothes to an orphanage.

Chaplain Jones was impressed by the Christian schooling the children were receiving at Myung Chin Sa orphanage. He contacted Chum Hahm Huh, head of the orphanage, who was happy to get the clothing.

Friday, Capt. Hones and Chaplain Jones gave the orphanage the first five boxes of clothes collected by Mrs. Jones.

The wee gals primped prettily before the mirror. Then, after the clothes were distributed, the children sang, "Jesus Loves Me" in English.

CAPT. JONES has been notified by several officers and men of his units that they have written home asking for contributions for the orphanage.

Chum, the director, is an orphan himself. In his youth he saved his wages and 25 years ago opened his own orphanage in Seoul.

The Myung Chin Sa home was shut down in 1950, when the North Koreans occupied Seoul. At that time the U.S. Fifth Air Force evacuated his 124 waifs to Cheju island, off the southwest coast of Korea. There is still a Myung Chin Sa orphanage on Cheju, keeping 125 children.

The 25rh Canadian Infantry Brigade, the 83d Ordnance Battalion, the 231st Truck Transportation Battalion, the Severance Union Hospital, and the United Nations Civil Assistance Commission have all donated to the home.




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