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Pacific Stars and Stripes, Dec. 28, 1953

Santa's Helpers Aid Korea TB Orphans

SEOUL, Dec. 28- Santa Claus almost failed to show up at the Tuberculosis Orphans Home in this capital city, when a fire destroyed their gifts on Christmas Eve.

Troops of the 30th Medical Gp., sponsors of the institution, had brought the gifts to Seoul the day before Christmas.  The building in which the presents were stored went up in flames during the night, and building and gifts became a pile of ashes.

Christmas morning the youngsters were awaiting the arrival of Santa at 9:45.  At 8:45 members of the 30th approached other Eight Army units in the Seoul area for emergency aid.

The Civil Affairs section pitched in and got help from the Korea Civil Assistance Command and the 23rd QM Gp. who shared items collected for distribution under their own sponsorship plan.

Eighth Army headquarters Chaplains Section meanwhile provided the 30th with enough knitted goods, candy, nuts and toys to make the stricken orphans happy again.

The case of toys was one of many brought from the U.S. by Cardinal Spellman who is chapel-hopping along a winterized front.

After a morning rush hour, Santa arrived on schedule.






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