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100 Years Ago: Christmas Dinners for Soldiers, Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E. Ships Hospital Supplies

The Intelligencer December 14, 1915 (page 1)

“Christmas Dinners for the Soldier Boys. To have no Christmas dinner is about the most unfortunate experience that one could have and to be away from home at Christmas is almost as unpleasant. The latter is to be the case with about two hundred of the soldiers located here, but the former will not be if it is within the power of the citizens to avoid it. To this end a committee of ladies representing the various churches is to meet at the Y.M.C.A. on Thursday at 10.00 A.M. to arrange for a Christmas supper for the men in the Barracks on Christmas Day.

The scheme is being promoted jointly by the ladies of the Khaki Club, who have done so much for the soldiers, and the Military Y.M.C.A. which is bending every effort to help the men here and at the other points as well. As these two organizations have been closely in touch with the men since they came they are in a position to know just what is required on such an occasion and how best to go about it.

To provide supper for two hundred men on Christmas Day is a large order, but with the ready assistance of everyone it will be a burden on none. Here is the menu, 50 pies, 20 cakes, 15 puddings, 15 dozen oranges, 50 lbs. of nuts, 50 lbs. of raisins and 250 lbs. of turkey. Definite plans in regard to securing these items will be available before the end of the week. In the meantime enquiries or offers of assistance may be addressed to Miss Faulkiner of the Khaki Club, or Mr. Sharpe of the Militia Y.M.C.A.

Up to date nothing official has been received by the headquarters of the 80th Battalion here in regard to extras for the men at Christmas, which would be provided by the Government. This will assure us that there will be no danger of overlapping or double providing.”

The Intelligencer December 14, 1915 (page 3)

“Hospital Supplies. Since the last report the Quinte Chapter, I.O.D.E., has shipped the following hospital supplies and field comforts from the workroom, 62 Bridge St. W., Miss M.B. Falkiner, Convenor. Hospital bedpads, 151; mouthwipes, 3,500; bandages, 1,700; old linen squares doubled and sewn, 500; surgical sponges, 444; absorbent swabs, 2,126 …  pipes, 32; Tobacco, 50 pkgs.; gum, 45 pkgs.; chocolate bars, 60; oxo, 32 tins; postcards, 192; cigarettes, 11,250; jam, 100 jars. …

A donation of $78.00 from the Belleville Philharmonic Society, the proceeds of last season’s concert, was greatly appreciated by the Chapter.

In addition to the work of hospital supplies and field comforts the Quinte Chapter is sending a sum of money each month, private subscriptions of members and others, to the Red Cross Society for the purpose of supplying Canadian prisoners in Germany, not otherwise cared for, with hampers of food and comforts sent fortnightly. Two dollars a month is sufficient for one prisoner. Returned prisoners say that without this food the suffering would be very great.”