Fonds CR-105 - Delta Branch Canadian Red Cross Society fonds

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Delta Branch Canadian Red Cross Society fonds

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  • 1939-1962 (Creation)
    Canadian Red Cross Society. Delta Branch

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7 cm of textual records

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The Delta Branch of The Canadian Red Cross Society, was formed at a public meeting in Ladner, B.C., December 7, 1939. At the meeting the decision was made to apply for a charter for a local Red Cross branch, which was subsequently granted. The first officers of the organization were Dr. J. C. Grimson (President), Mr. J. L. Guichon (1st Vice President), Mrs. S. W. Fisher (2nd vice President), Mr. R. Mitchell ( Secretary), Miss Agnes Davie (Assistant Secretary), Mr. A. M. Webb (Treasurer), and committee members Mr. J. W. Atkey, Mrs. J. Pinkerton, Mrs. Stokkeland, Mrs. B. Butler, Mrs. A. M. Mitchell, and Mrs. Tamboline. The Delta Branch, at its first meeting, set an objective for raising funds ($2000.00) for the first Canadian Red Cross National War Appeal, which it successfully did so within the month. The Delta Red Cross continued throughout the war to raise funds for overseas and local activities. The latter included contributing to local defense measures, sponsoring Home Nursing classes, visiting servicemen in the Boundary Bay Airport hospital, organizing blood donor drives, and collecting salvage materials for the war effort, often in cooperation with other Delta organizations such as the Kinsmen and the Air Raid Precautions committee. One of the Branch's most successful projects was the production of knitted and sewn articles of clothing, bedding, and surgical supplies for the services and for civilians. Work was divided among Work Units that were overseen by convenors who kept track of materials given out to members, such as skeins of wool, and articles subsequently made and shipped to central collection depots. The Work Units continued to create needed articles until 1947. After the end of the Second World War, the Delta Branch of The Canadian Red Cross began to focus on civilian activities such as swimming classes for children and promoting a hospital for Delta. Interest in the organization waned however, and it disbanded in 1947. The Provincial Red Cross organization convinced the Delta Branch to reorganize, and it carried on into the mid-1950s. It was again reorganized in the early 1960s, largely for annual fund raising campaigns.

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The fonds consists of minutes of meetings and miscellaneous other administrative records which document the Delta Branch's most active period during the Second World War, and its subsequent decline post WWII. The fonds also includes a notebook recording the materials used and articles produced by the United Church Work Unit, plus sewing patterns and knitting instructions, published by the Canadian Red Cross, that were used by members of the Work Units.

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BCAUL control number: DMA-342

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