Christmas Cheer for Disabled Soldiers: The Red Cross has been very active in promoting Christmas cheer in the county this season. In addition to co-operating with the Goodfellows in the distribution of gifts for the unfortunate, and in promoting the community Christmas tree celebration, they have, through the Junior Red Cross, filled 28 Christmas stockings for the Dunlap Orphanage.
The disabled soldiers have not been neglected, either, for Mrs. W. S. Mayes, chairman of Volunteer Service, has been very busy in the past week securing gifts for the 741 ex-service men, who will spend Christmas at the United States Veterans’ Hospital at Johnson City, Tenn. The American Legion has co-operated materially in this.
It is believed that at least $25 worth of goodies will be sent, besides bath robes, socks, handkerchiefs, etc. The Junior Red Cross of the Holmes School contributed $3 toward this, while Sunday school classes and others are working to make it a success.
Only those who have spent Christmas in a hospital, crowded with sick men, can understand what it really means to those men to know that the people at home have not forgotten. Just that thought alone compensates for the loss of not spending Christmas with one’s loved ones.
Covington should be very grateful to Mrs. Mayes, who, through the Red Cross, gave them the opportunity to honor the nation’s disabled men.
[The Covington Leader, Covington, Tenn., December 20, 1922]