Story of Near East Relief (1915-1930): An Interpretation

Story of Near East Relief (1915-1930): An Interpretation

Story of Near East Relief (1915-1930): An Interpretation

Story of Near East Relief (1915-1930): An Interpretation

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Now that the record of the Near East Relief is nearing completion, I am glad of an opportunity to express my appreciation of its work. In doing this I am using facts and figures furnished to me by the Committee, of which I have little personal knowledge, but which I believe are correct. It has gone on, over a series of years, as one of our great agencies doing a peculiar and most important work, in its own sphere of operations, in a way that has been so successful that its history will continue for generations to be an inspiration to all good works.

On September 16, 1915, a volunteer Committee was formed in New York in response to the call of human distress from the other side of the world. It did not embody a purpose to create a great relief organization, nor did any member of the Committee imagine that service would be long required. With the call for help ringing in their ears, that group of serious men attempted only to make an immediate and effective reply. When later it became evident that the task was to be long, arduous and exacting, they did not falter but bent their backs to the load.

This Committee began with the remote hope of raising $100,000 for relief in Turkey and adjacent countries. All classes of our people, religious bodies of all creeds, fraternal organizations of whatever name and purpose, schools, colleges and individuals, with a single spirit and purpose, joined in supporting the effort. Not only was the goal originally set reached, but over $91,000,00 have been received in the National Office in New York, to which should be added some $25,000,000 in food and supplies provided . . .

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