Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Earlville Community club Gives $100 for Food Train
count 5n loads of added to
national Friendship Train s in Washington d Wednesday to it least two carolled oats to be he train when it arrives in Cedar Rapids at 8 p.m. Nov. 13.-
Ray Spielman, chairman of the Cedar Rapids committee coordinating the drive in Eastern Iowa | communities, said early returns indicate that the goal of approx-1 imately $8,000 will be attained if present response to the appeal is maintained.-
"It's not going to be easy, though," he cautioned. "To send this amount of food as a token of goodwill to hungry people of France and Italy will require cooperation and participation in the program by a lot of people and organizations.''
Spielman again warned of the necessity for prompt action. Contributions must be in the hands of the Linn County Red Cross, banker for the Friendship Train fund, by Nov. 11, in order to get the food purchased, packed and loaded before the train pulls into Cedar Rapids next Thursday.-
The Earlville Community club Tuesday afternoon set the pace for similar organizations when President F. S. Otis and Secretary Ray Bush turned over to Spielman a check for $100 as the club's contribution to the Friendship Train. The club has a membership of 180 in the Delaware county town of 700.-
The Otter Creek Farm Bureau of the Alburnett vicinity in Linn county led the list of farm organizations participating in the Friendship Train program by adding $28 to the fund. The money was raised at a meeting of the township organization Monday evening at the Alburnett school. Other township Farm Bureaus and rural community clubs have indicated that they also will participate in the Friendship Train program.-
Many of the contributions are coming from communities far off i the scheduled route of the Friend-'ship Train. Wednesday morning,-
when Red Cross workers arrived to open the office in the Granby building, they found Clarence Dean of Des Moines waiting in the hall to add his personal contribution of $5 to the fund.-
Campaign committee members again Wednesday called attention to the fact that the tremendous number of contributions makes it impossible to publicize the names of individual donors. However, the names will be listed on special sheets accompanying the bill of lading.-
The sheets carry at the top the American flag and the following message in French and Italian:-
"All races, colors and creeds make up the vast melting-pot of America, and in a democratic and Christian spirit of goodwill toward men, we, the American people, have worked together to bring this food from our fields to your doorsteps, hoping that it will tide you over until your own fields are again rich and abundant with crops.-
Meanwhile reports from all over the country tell of wholehearted support' for the Friendship Train.-
Here in Iowa, John Hymans of Hull launched one-man drive for participation of northwest Iowa people in the program. He has advised the Council Bluffs committee to plan on a carload of grain from that area.-
Gov. Ingraham Stainback of Hawaii is flying to San Francisco Nov. 7 to present a car- I load of Hawaiian sugar to the j Friendship Train. The sugar j was paid for by contributions from the people of Honolulu, who donated an average of eight cents per person. Most of the gifts came from the average man in the street, the governor reported Tuesday.-
Other developments include an Indiana Special train to be run from Louisville, Ky., to Hammond, Ind., to pick up contributions from Hoosier communities off the route of the train; and a carload of food from President Truman's home county.
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