This Day in History: 1945-01-14
Inez Hallenback was the chairman of the Victory clothing drive which began in Mahwah. clothing was in such short supplyy in the devastated countries of Europe that, as one returning veteran reported, a good pair of used shoes cost $65. A nurse who returned from three years in Europe related that people wrapped their feet and legs in rags and newspapers to keep warm. The suffering was made greater by the shortage of fuel for heating not only in the former Axis countries but also among our Allies. Generous Mahwa residents were urged to search their closest for woolen coats, sweaters, suits, trousers, skirts, underwear, overshoes, and especially shoes. Collections begin at the firehouse on the 14th where the collection depot would be open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM. Donors were urged to include a letter with their gifts. Items not wanted were straw hats, toys, pillows and feather beds and furniture.