This Day in History: 1945-02-26
On the first day of the annual Red Cross membershipp drive local officials reported that the first contribution had arrived on November 1st 1944. It was from signalman 2nd class Jesse Beers whose family lived on Oweno Rd. Along with his substantial contribution was a long letter praising the work of the Red Cross overseas. He told of the comprehensive services of the ARC service clubs in such European cities as Liverpool, London, and Antwerp. Here you could get a bed for 30 cents a night, meals at 20 cents and find music, dancing, recreation, and even get your hair cut and your uniform pressed. The personnel, mostly local people were both friendly and helpful, concert and theater tickets, organizing tours of historic sites and giving helpful travel tips. He could not understand why everyone was not supporting this vital work all over the world, he wrote.