Evening Tribune Des Moines, Iowa
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^dshipjcrain carrying food for E^uroperai relief will travel througl/south/rn Iowa next month.
Preliminary plans were made here Friday for Iowa participation in an Abraham Lincoln Friendship train which will be in Lincoln, Neb., on Feb. 12 and then cross Iowa and Illinois on its way to the eastern seaboard.
The Iowa Farm Bureau federation European relief drive will be climaxed at this time. The train will carry grain purchased with the cash collected in the Farm Bureau Christmas drive.
A further drive will be made throughout the 'state through churches, schools and civic groups with a cleanup by the county farm bureaus which failed to complete the drive in December.
The state committee to handle the Lincoln train in Iowa is headed by Ralph Delk, state director of the Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP); C. M. Wilson, information director of the Iowa Farm Bureau federation, and G. M. Westby of the Lutheran Welfare society:
The overall Lincoln Friendship train committee will be headed by Chancellor R. G. Gustafson of the Univers"ity of Nebraska and Carl Sandburg, noted biographer of Abraham Lincoln, will be honorary chairman.
Start in Colorado.
The train will originate in Colorado and Wyoming and will bring donations from those two states along with the Nebraska contributions.
Iowa efforts will be concentrated on wheat—or its cash equivalent—and canned milk.
School children will be asked to make donations of milk and to help carry on the solicitation of canned milk or of cash, with which to purchase milk.
In order to avoid excessive handling, adults who prefer to make cash donations will be asked to do so on the basis of dozens of cans or cases of milk they wish purchased.
The program will have the backing of the church organizations with CROP taking the lead. This agency is sponsored jointly by Church World Service and the Lutheran World Relief but works with all church groups.
Distribution of the food overseas will be handled by church agencies which have personnel in Europe to determine need and send food where it will dkh most good.--^*
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