Mail Tribune 100

Nov. 10, 1917


That Medford women are resourceful as well as versatile is constantly being shown in the work at our local Red Cross rooms. The first allotment of 275 Christmas boxes for the soldiers somewhere in France are now complete, all artistically packed and filled with food things for the boys at the front, as well as useful articles, all compactly tied in a neat khaki colored handkerchiefs, twenty-seven inches square.

When purchasing the articles to fill the boxes it was discovered that no khaki handkerchiefs could be purchased in Medford, San Francisco, Portland or Seattle. Whereupon one of the chairmen, Mrs. Donald Clark, remarked, "We must have them meet with the requirements." Then and there she purchased all the khaki material she could find in Medford and adjacent towns and many of the workers were delegated to immediately start upon cutting, turning, basting and hemming the handkerchiefs. But not enough material could be found for the 275 — so white material was purchased and the remainder were finished.

Perfect the last ones were when completed, but a dead white in color. "This must be changed," said the leader, and no sooner said than Mrs. McErlane and her daughter Esther volunteered to dye the lot. Presto! change, and the most professional bundle of khaki colored handkerchiefs to be purchased in any city were in a few hours turned over to Mrs. Lincoln McCormack, in charge of the packing room. The moral of this tale being that when other large cities turn us down, apply to our local Red Cross chapter and your work will be efficiently and promptly attended to.

And now another allotment has been made to our chapter, and 210 more Christmas packets are to be made; again our women are showing that they are equal to the emergency. For today work has been started again on purchasing the articles needed, so that each of our boys in both the army and navy may receive remembrance.

These Christmas packages are made upon request from the Red Cross headquarters in Washington, and each chapter in the entire country is asked to do its share. All packages are sent to the division headquarters, and from there forwarded to the army and navy.

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