Great packing cases, filled with clothes, will be started on a long journey to the Russo-Armenian frontier, from Seattle one of these days.
After the long journey by train, ocean liner and beast of burden, the odd garments from the Pacific Northwest will reach Red Cross workers who are away over in the land of misery, toiling with scanty means, to keep alive the survivors of the bloody Armenian massacres.
The clothes will be distributed among children, women and the few men who escaped perils of the desert, disease, Turkish gunfire and abduction, and reached the Russian frontier after the bloody attempts to wipe out the little Christian nation.
The word has reached Red Cross headquarters in America that there are nearly 250,000 Armenian refugees in Russia.
They left behind everything they had. Their property was confiscated or destroyed. They are in dire need.
So the group of 40 or 50 Armenians who live in Seattle, they are practically all substantial citizens in business here, have banded together to work with the American Committee on Armenian Atrocities in trying to provide warm clothes for the sufferers.
Appeals are being made throughout America for used clothes and shoes.
‘Something that a family has no use for may save the life of a man, a woman or a child, during the winter months,’ said John Boyd, the Armenian druggist at Seventh Ave and Union St., who is a member of the committee, and a neighbor of the Star. ‘So we are appealing to Seattle people for used clothes. Underwear and shoes will perhaps do the greatest good. But anything, almost will help.’
The local Armenians have undertaken the work. They will pay the freight on the clothes from the Northwest to the Russian frontier.
They will collect the articles here.
Make up a bundle and call one of the following numbers: Main 2965, Main 7912, Main 4611, and give your address.
A committee will call for the bundle.”