The Intelligencer October 17, 1917 (page 4)
“Red Cross Day? What is Belleville going to do this year for the British Red Cross fund? On Thursday of this week throughout Canada contributions will be taken for this very worthy object, but as yet no preparation has been made in this city, as far as can be ascertained, to take part.
The British Red Cross service to the sick and wounded soldiers and sailors of the empire since the war began has been wonderful, and is so necessary that the work must not be allowed to lack the funds necessary to carry it on without skimping. …
Citizens of Belleville are ready and willing, yes eager, to contribute to the funds of the British Red Cross and all that is necessary is to arrange for a systematic collection so that Belleville’s contribution will be worthy of this city’s patriotic spirit and determination to assist in every way to win the war.”