Feb. 11, 1955
Yank's Appeal Brings Flood
HQ., U.S. 7TH DIV., Korea-A soldier's
letter to his mother on behalf of needy Korean children has resulted
in a flood of donations from the citizens of Ludington, Mich. "I
have seen kids about five years old die from hunger and cold," wrote
PFC William Lange. "I have seen them begging for food like dogs"
and "go to the dump and pick for food."
The soldier, assigned to B Btry., 57th
FA Bn., asked his mother to "please send CARE boxes to Korea-even
if it's just a 10-cent can of soup or a pair of socks-but please give
and the Lord will bless you for it." Lange's mother sent the letter
to a newspaper in Ludington. When the letter appeared in the paper,
Ludington citizens decided to do something about it. They formed
an association, The Ludington Helping Hand for Korean Children. Housewives
and businessmen made their homes and store collecting points for clothing,
food and toys.
Soon after, Mrs. Gerald Heslipen, chairman of the
association, wrote Capt. Wilfred C. Oelrich, Lange's battery commander,
telling him of the town's response. She enclosed a photo of 22 boxes
being mailed at the local post office. In addition to the boxes of
needed items, the association ordered four large CARE food packages
and 95 U.S. Food Surplus Holiday CARE packages.