Lots of Good Eats Distributed by Knights of Columbus (1918)

300 Pounds of Candy and 10 Barrels of Popcorn Were Presented to the Soldiers with Other Things – Secretaries Decorated Buildings for the Holidays—Men at Base Hospital Not Forgotten.

(The Camp Sherman News (The Eighty-third Division News)) Co-operating with the other organizations in Camp Sherman, the Knights of Columbus secretaries and chaplains did their part in trying to make Christmas as real and pleasant as possible for the boys. In all three buildings special services and programs were carried out to the religious and social satisfaction and enjoyment of the thousands of soldiers and their friends.

Beginning the day, 15 masses were celebrated in the various halls in the morning, each of the five priests in camp being permitted to offer the holy sacrifice three times. This is a privilege which all Catholic priests enjoy throughout the world on the feast of our Savior’s nativity. All the masses were largely attended, in spite of the fact that many Catholic boys were included in the 30 percent who enjoyed Christmas passes. Fully 1,000 men received the sacraments.

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In the absence of Chaplain Toole of the Three Hundred and Twenty-fourth Field Artillery, who is spending his vacation of 10 days with his sick mother in Kalamazoo, Mich., Rev. William Anthony, secretary of Archbishop Moeller, D.D., Cincinnati, took charge of the spiritual work in the K. C. Hall, section R, last Sunday and on Christmas day.

Many of the friends and parents of the boys, who came to spend a few days with their sons over Christmas, enjoyed the conveniences and hospitality of the K. C. Halls during their stay. They all expressed themselves as highly pleased with K. C. activities and were glad to know that so much was being done for the moral and social welfare of the men in camp.

Halls Were Decorated.

The secretaries in all the buildings took great pains in giving the halls in their charge a holiday appearance. Much time and effort was spent in decorating them with holly, ground pine and other greens, adding to the buntings and flags of the allied nations in giving them a festive attire. Neatly decorated Christmas trees adorned all the halls.

Christmas night open house was held and suitable programs rendered in all the halls. Large crowds filling the buildings to capacity, soldier boys and their friends came to spend the evening together. Everybody had a good time, as there was plenty to eat and to give entertainment.

In preparation for the Christmas night celebration, the secretaries provided 300 pounds of candy, six barrels of apples, 3000 cookies, 10 barrels of popcorn already prepared, and 10,000 cigarettes. All of which was given to the boys with the season’s compliments of the Knights of Columbus.

Boys in barracks under quarantine were not forgotten, and candies, apples and other good things were sent to them. Individual boxes were also distributed to boys without parents or friends to remember them by the chaplains, who received Christmas boxes for such boys from various societies and individuals throughout the state.

Through the efforts of Attorney Poland of Chillicothe, an active Knight of Columbus worker in behalf of the camp, 14 Christmas trees were presented to nurses at the base hospital in charge of wards. Gifts and presents were also distributed to patients, and others are to follow.

In all, every effort was made on the part of those in charge of the Knights of Columbus activities in camp to make Christmas for the boys who had to remain here as pleasant and as happy as possible. The chaplains and secretaries take this occasion to thank the representatives of the Y. M. C. A. for their Christmas remembrances and greetings.

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