J. R Underwood, Scott county extension Director, Thursday accepted the chairmanship of a committee set up to raise a carload of food for the "Friendship Train'' being sponsored by Drew Pearson, Washington columnist. The "Friendship Train" is being made up on the west coast, and will move eastward across the United States picking up donations of food for the starving people of Europe. Residents of Davenport and Scott county will be called upon to make donations of food to fill the car at Davenport.
Plans for the campaign in Davenport and Scott county will be set UD at 7:45 p. m. Friday at a meeting of members of the committee in the Farm Bureau office in Davenport. Attending the meeting will be representatives of the three farm organizations of the county including the Farmers Union, the Farm Bureau and the Grange, civic organizations of Davenport including the Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, the Davenport Woman's club, the Chamber of Commerce, veterans organizations, the Davenport Ministerial association and other civic groups.
Representatives of community clubs in the towns of Scott county i as well as representatives of federal farm agencies have also been invited to the meeting.
Donations of either food, such as grain produced on the farms of Scott county, or donations of cash will be accepted by the committee, and where cash donations are made it is planned to purchase processed food which will be included in the car to be sent from this area.
The "Friendship Train" will pass thru Clinton Nov. 13, and the carload of food from this vicinity will be picked up at that point. The "Friendship Train" is being hauled free of charge by the American Association of Railroads, and the cars will be furnished without charge several days ahead of the time of loading. Stations for receiving either contributions of food or money will be set up in several parts of the county as well as in Davenport following the meeting Friday night.
A number of newspapermen foreign correspondents and representatives of foreign nations are expected to accompany the train, arid Drew Pearson is expected to be on the train on its trip across the United States.
It is planned to have letters printed, carrying the names of the persons making the donations. These letters will be sent along with the food when it is distributed to needy families in Europe
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