7,000 POSTON CHILDREN IN YULETIDE REMEMBRANCE BY CHRISTIAN CHURCHES, JACL; GIFTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED AT BLOCK PARTIES TONITE, TOMORROW
The children will not be forgotten! With that as their Yuletide theme, the Christian Churches thruout the Nation have cooperated with the National Japanese American Citizens League in making Christmas, 1942, more merry and more memorable for approximately 7000 Poston children, as well as about 30,000 more in the other nine relocation centers.
According to Nell Findley, chief of the local Community Services, over 7,000 presents, many of them already beautifully wrapped, have been received from churches situated in the smallest villages to as large as Philadelphia, Pa., where the express charges ranges to as much as $208 for a single package.
"There won't be a child who will not be made happier," state Miss Findley yesterday as she revealed that the gifts are to be presented to "the tiniest tot to those who are 15 years old!" Every block is scheduled to sponsor a children's party either tonite or tomorrow evening.
It was disclosed that the packages "were not only beautifully wrapped but were also useful and practical," besides being accompanied with written messages of good cheer. "The gifts were sent with messages denoting of real appreciation of the Christmas spirit," said Miss Findley.
Source: Poston Chronicles, Vol. 8 No. 10, Thursday, December 24, 1942
MCKINLEY HI SENDS $500 GIFT
LARGEST SINGLE CHRISTMAS GIFT IN POSTON RECEIVED BY THREE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS FROM 4,000 STUDENT OF HONOLULU HIGH SCHOOL.
Poston's largest single Christmas gift arrived late yesterday afternoon from the Student Body of the McKinley High School, Honolulu, T.H., in the form of a $500.00 check. The check was made out to the three Poston High Schools. In this liberal handshake of yuletide Cheer from across the ocean (Nell Findley, head of Community Services and formerly of Hawaii, "That's the meaning of aloha"), the wish was expressed that the $500 be spent for purchase of athletic equipment.
The gift was accompanied by a letter from Edward "Pop" Kendall to Miles Carey, Superintendent of the Poston schools. Mr. Carey was formerly principal of McKinley High School which has a student body of approximately 4,000.
Source: Poston II City News, Friday, December 25, 1942
Sunday School Classes of the Poston Christian Church will observe Christmas tonight with a program to be presented by the Intermediate and Young People's Classes. The Chairman for the night is Haruo Tashiro.
Hymn--O Come All Ye Faithful--Congregation
Scripture--Luke 2: 8-14--David Arata
Song--Joy To The World--Congregation
Christmas Skit--Intermediate Girls
Holy Night--Young People's Class
Song In Japanese--Adult Class
Guiding Star--Play by Intermediate Girls
The Lost Carol--Play by Intermediate Sr. Boys and Girls