Letter to Mrs. Stephen Bowe in Gratitude for Saving 60,000 From Starvation

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Letter to Mrs. Stephen Bowe in Gratitude for Saving 60,000 From Starvation

Letter to Mrs. Stephen Bowe in Gratitude for Saving 60,000 From Starvation

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December 21, 2015

June 10, 1946 letter to Mrs. Stephen Bowe of Orlando, FL. (View photo of Mrs. Bowe.)

Letter text:

At a recent meeting of the handful of Americans of Greek extraction a motion made, seconded, and uncommoningly passed. 

The secretary was instructed to write a letter and personally express our deepest gratitude for the noble thought that you offered which caused the City of Orlando to adopt the City of Volos, Greece and see to it that the 60,000 of men, women and children are saved from starvation.

As you know that 900,00 people have died of starvation, out of a total 8,000,000 because the Germans willed it. Two million five hundred thousand are infected with disease, six hundred thousand are homeless. Farmers cannot grow their crops because their equipment is destroyed. Unemployment keeps 50% of the workers idle because industry cannot function.

The Greek War Relief Association, one of the largest foreign organizations of New York has given a tremendous aid to Greece (for 1946 $1,370,000 child feeding alone.)

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to date 600,000 Greek children are being fed under this program, the goal is 900,000.

We cannot emphasize enough the need of commendation of this Orlando friend. At least to the 1st of Aug. and from Sept. to Nov. 1st turn our efforts to clothing and shoes, the urgent need of the coming winter.

The City of Orlando through your kind and noble suggestion received tremendous publicity throughout the United States, and the discontinuation of this drive at this time will be nothing shorter than calamity. What the J.C.'s need now is to call new things, create subcommittees to do some of the work, call us in these meetings. We are ready and willing to help in any way possible.

Again we wish to express our appreciation to you for all you have done, and hope you will continue to do in the future. Sincerely yours.

Courtesy of the Camichos Family Archives

 

 

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