Cautious Santa Agrees
42 Korean Orphans
Bathed in Kindness
SEOUL, Korea (3rd ARS)-Christmas
presents for orphans are old stories, but when the request for this
one came in, even Santa Claus shook his head and said "I've heard everything
now!" The shocker came when the 2157th Air Rescue Sq. asked
Santa's help in arranging 42 baths for members of the Myong Shin Orphanage.
By baths they meant individual scrubbings for each child
It was pointed out that the children live in a tent
without bathing facilities. In the summer, they troop to the Han River
to wash, but the weather now makes that impossible. Santa didn't deny
that baths are proper and necessary, but to give them as Christmas presents--!
The kindly old boy had a horrified vision of what would happen to his
reputation if children around the world ever heard of such a thing.
It was only after the rescue men divulged their other plans for the
party that Santa agreed to lend his help and moral support for such
an unusual undertaking.
It took two hours of coaxing reluctant little boys
and shy little girls to complete the "Operation Scrub" part of the party.
But things brightened up when the children were re-outfitted with new
clothing furnished by the Trinity Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo,
Cal. After this, the party turned traditional with a gaily lighted
tree bearing presents for all age groups, a Christmas dinner and bags
of fruits and nuts for the children to take home. The festivities closed
with song, dances and carols by the youngsters.
In spite of the doubtful-but necessary-beginning,
the children admitted it was a swell day-bath and all.