100 Years Ago: Remember Children’s Shelter

The Intelligencer December 18, 1918 (page 4)

“Remember the Children. Christmas is the children’s festival—in cottage and in castle they are counting the days now which separate them from the annual visit of Santa Claus with joyful anticipation. The Christmas spirit is also seizing the grown-ups and plans are crystallizing individually and collectively to make this Peace Christmas the most joyous of a lifetime.

Let us not forget the little ones who will await the coming of Santa Claus with mingled joy and fear in the Children’s Shelter—the little neglected ones who have no happy firesides blessed with the kindly influence of indulgent parents beside which to hang up their little stockings for old Santa to fill. Fortunate are they even in misfortune that there is such a kindly organization as the Children’s Aid Society to reach out friendly hands to them and provide food and clothes and shelter while finding foster homes for them. But the Children’s Shelter with all its kindly atmosphere would be cheerless indeed on that day of days without tangible evidence of the Christmas spirit in toys, candy, fruit and other miracles of kindly thought. Out of our abundance let us all help to make a Merry Christmas for the little ones at the Children’s Shelter. Gifts of cash or kind will be gladly received and acknowledged.”