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Archive for Saturday, December 24, 2011

100 years ago: Charity encouraged to less fortunate

December 24, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 24, 1911:

  • "The Salvation Army will give out 100 dinners Christmas day to the poor people of Lawrence who otherwise will not have Christmas dinner. The baskets will be given out at the Army headquarters, between ten and twelve o'clock on Christmas Day. In every basket there will be sufficient dinner for five persons. The food will be potatoes, apples, canned corn, canned tomatoes, celery, a box of Nabiscoes, a jar of canned fruit and a chicken and two loaves of bread. Today the Army took up the Christmas boxes and this evening the kettles will be taken off the streets. Street contributions have been averaging about $5 a day. Many of the supplies for the dinners have been given by people who did not wish to give money."
  • "A kind-hearted old gentleman living in this city, heard a sermon preached some fifteen years ago from the following text, 'Go your way; eat the fat and drink the sweet and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared,' and from that day to this he has never eaten his Christmas dinner, until after he has taken with his own hands a Christmas dinner to some of the worthy poor, 'for whom nothing had been prepared.' My friend, if you have been blessed financially, can't you do as much to help along the want and suffering of some poor unfortunate, and lend cheer and sunshine for just one day?"

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