Help from Home

 

When the American servicemen and women saw the condition of the children that were victimized by the Korean War and sought to address those needs they wrote home calling for help. They asked for clothes, food, toys, medicines and whatever other help they could get, including money. They wrote to parents, relatives, neighbors, home town newspapers, schools they recently graduated from, former employers and whoever else they could think of.

 

And the American public responded in force. Thousands of tons of aid for the children and their caregivers began arriving in small packages addressed to servicemen in Korea. Help came in boxes, then crates and then by the boatload.

 

Often this call for aid was in a letter a GI wrote to his mother who, on receipt of the letter, made a crusade of it, organizing neighbors, friends, church groups and, with the help of local newspapers, the entire commuinity. Later, many units organized this call for help by distributing to all members of that unit printed letters that the GIs merely enclosed with letters sent home.

 

I have read a lot of material on the Korean War and the role of the American Servicemen and women as they related to the war child of Korea but have yet to find any writer pick up on this phenomenon, the massive aid that folks back in the 'states sent to their servicemen and women serving in Korea to aid the children. This support from home reinforced the values being expressed by their sons and daughters who, while in combat or on a war footing, still sought to render aid to the homeless and helpless children. GIs had to be taught to aim a gun at another human being and shoot to kill. They did not have to be taught to pick up a crying child, feed a hungry child, rended aid to an injured or ill child or find shelter for the homeless child. That came with being American. And ma, pa, family, friends, neighbors and the entire community back home supported them in their desire to help the children.

 

This aid is truly an expression of American values at their finest. The scale of this aid and the scope of it has never before been presented as we present it here. Read these stories and be proud to be an American.

 

Help From Home, Photo Page
Better than Bullets
5th AF Funds Aid 800 Korean Charities
Chapel Collections to Aid Korean Waifs
Clothing Donated
 
Korean Orphans Receive 50 Tons of Gifts
Story Aids Korean Tots
Rubber Toys Arrive for Pusan Orphans
Jersey Chief Sets Clothes for Koreans Month
Report on "Happy Mountain"
 
Buffaloes Start Drive for Waifs
Headgear Given To Korean Waifs
Buffaloes' Families Give Koreans Clothes
Over 4,000,000 Refuges
$10,000 for Needy Korean Children
 
US Parcels Make Korean Kids Happy
Clothes for Korea
Masons Place Kindness Over Charity
Little Wanderers Aid Korean Orphans
Copter Pilots Hustle Help for Orphans
 
Girl Scouts, General Aid Refugee Tots in Seoul
Korean Kids Given Clothes by Sailor
Story on Korean tot Starts Drive in US
Korea Clothing Collection Creates Problem
Stateside Marines Collect Goods for Orphans
 
Transport Carries Hope to Orphanage
US Group Repeats 'Gift Lift' to Korea
Signalmen's Appeal Raises 1,600 Gifts
Texans sending clothes, Food to Orphans
Mrs. Clark Joins In Korean Envoy's Plea
 
Marine's Plea For 'Big Bundle' to Aid Orphans
Clothing From Alabama for Cheju Needy
Koreans get 300 Tons of Houston CROP Gifts
Conn. Citizens Ship S.Koreans 10 Tons
Korea Aid Officials Ask Additional Milk
 
Mercy team Maps Aid for Korea Cripples
Korea Orphans Rec. Milwaukee "Lift" Clothing
Fund-Raising group Aims at $5 Million
Yanks in Korea Give 13 Million in Aid
Ambassador Takes Gifts for Korean Victims
 
Marine's Plan Gets Vitamins for Korea
President specifies "Aid to Korea" Week
Texas Woman Ships Clothes to Koreans
100,000 lbs of Clothes for 5th AF "X-mas Call"
Oklahoma Tots Send $12 to Korean Orphans
 
Catholics Donate $35,000 to Orphans
Needy Receive Army Surplus
Nebraska Gifts To Give Waifs Late Christmas
3rd Army in U.S. Helps Korean Kids
Passaic, N.J., MC Vets Send Gifts to ROK Kids
 
28 States Answer Plea Of Marines
Model Railroad Set Coming For Korea Orphans
Dallas' Project Clothes Orphans
 
Far East Footnotes
Clovis Comes Through
500 Pounds of Cereal Sent for Orphans
Tiny Togs
 
Hot and Wholesome
Just His Size
Iowans Clothe Korean Orphans
FBI Employees Provide Warm Duds for Orphans
Korean Tots Thank Americans for Gifts
 
Aid for Orphans
A Post Office Full of Toys
Elks Join Korea Units' Orphan Drive
Church Women Sew Clothes for Orphans
 
Brooklynites Donate 1,250 Baby Togs
Yank's Appeal Brings Parcels To Yule Fund
Dallas Citizens Send Food to Korean Orphans
Korean Orphans Receive 50 Tons of Gifts
Ex-Orphan Major Aids Korean Youths
 
500 Pounds of Cereal Sent for Orphans
California Women Send Clothing to ROKs
N.Y. Oldsters Plan Birthday Party for Korea Orphan
Oklahomans Unite to Send Duds to Needy
U.S. Government Office Supports Korea Orphans
 
Korea Gift Flood Needs Special Ship
Foster Parents Sought
Clothing From Alabama Arrives
Blood Donating Champ Gives Tots Belated Party
Air Force Officer's Death Spurs Relief Collection
 
US Soldiers Give Away Fortunes to Charities
Supplies for Korean Cripples
Stateside Checks Up I-Corp Fund
Letter Home Helps Warm Tots
Sgt. to Aid Korean Orphans
 

 

More material on "Help from Home" can be found in sections of this web site dealing with the Kiddy Car Airlift, Manassas Manor Orphanage and other topics. On occassions "home" in this context referres to US troops and dependents stationed in Japan, Guam or other military bases including military bases in the United States.

 

It is difficult to estimate the amount of aid sent from the 'States to the GIs in Korea for the children as no accurate records were kept but I am sure the total amounted to many thousands of tons of packages, parcels, crates and even shiploads of donated goods. This is in addition to the shiploads of goods sent by the US organizations such as the Red Cross, CARE, Korea Foundation, etc.