Oct. 1, 1952
KWANG YANG GUN, Korea, Oct. 1 - First grade pupils
of Kolyak Primary school in this little Korean town wrote a letter -
with a good deal of help from their teacher - to the students of Cary
High School, Cary, N.C. It was a letter of thanks for Junior Red Cross
gift boxes which had been packed and mailed by the Cary students, and
delivered through UNCACK (United Nations Civil Assistance Command, Korea)
to the Kolyak school.
THE BOXES CONTAINED pencils, notepads, erasers, rulers
and similar school items, as well as American toys suitable for first
graders. Each box was valued at not more than $2, but the contents
included highly prized rarities for Korea. Yet, it was the spirit behind
the gift that most impressed the Korean children - and their teacher.
"Our teacher told us about the American Junior Red
Cross and we were very pleased to hear of such a wonderful organization
that is always ready to give aid to needy people in time of strife or
disaster," the children wrote. "We could hardly believe that American
children could be so kind to Korean children whom they have never met.
If all the children of the world were taught to always act with such
kindness towards others, the future generations would not have wars
like we have now."
The American Junior Red Cross has sent more than
100,000 gift boxes to Korea since the war started. UNCACK has asked
for another 100,000 during the current school year. In schools throughout
the United States, boys and girls have started gathering the gifts that
will fill the boxes. Each box contains the names of the children who
helped fill it, and the address of their school.