Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
According to several
studies, Americans are among the most generous countries in the world, giving
more to charity, per capita and as a percentage of gross domestic product, than
the citizens of many other nations. A large percentage of the donations are to
religious organizations, but a close second is giving to relief organizations
such as the Red Cross, 9-11 Fund, National Cancer Society, etc.
This type of
generosity was also evident during WWII. Despite the widely held isolationist views
that kept the U.S. out of the war until after Pearl Harbor, Americans regularly
donated money to relieve the suffering of the victims in Europe. In addition, Americans
opened their homes to children who were evacuated from war zones. As the needs
grew, numerous charities on behalf of the British people were created: American
Committee for Air Raid Relief, American Ambulance in Great Britain, American
Hospital in Britain, and British American Ambulance Corps.
Incorporated in 1941,
the British War Relief Society was an umbrella organization that handled the
non-military supply of food, clothes, medical supplies and financial aid. BWRS
acted as the administrative and receiving center for donated items that were
then parceled out to affiliate organizations for distribution. Countless celebrities
donated royalties from movies, plays, and books to the cause. The Duchess of
Windsor, American Wallis Simpson wrote a cookbook in 1942, and donated all
proceeds to BWRS. Other fundraising efforts include the selling of memorabilia ceramics,
books, bookmarks, stamps, celluloid badges, cigarette cases and compacts, many
of which displayed the society’s emblem of a lion rampant and shield while
others featured the motto of the British monarch “Dieu et mon Droit (God and my
Do you have a favorite relief organization?
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A freelance writer for over ten years, Linda Shenton
Matchett also writes historical fiction. She is currently seeking a publisher
for her series about WWII war correspondent Ruth Brown. Visit her at www.LindaShentonMatchett.com