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(caption title) Little One Has a Word
(running title) Orphanage Sunday, November 23
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"I am the Future, for in me there lies
What through the ages our land shall be;
Yet what I am is what you are to me--
I am the question to which you make replies."
THE helplessness of the child makes a universal and powerful appeal. Only the heart in which the spirit of the Master does not dwell is untouched by this appeal. If you want to know whether your heart is in the right place, seriously inquire of yourself how near you can approach, in a Christian spirit, a fatherless and homeless little child. Have you ever felt the thrill and the warmth of heart that comes when the weak hand of the little child smuggles into yours on a dark night, or in a strange place? If you have, this message will appeal to you. If not, it is "sweetness wasted on the desert air."
When the Good Master wanted to teach men a lesson in trust and in faith, and in child-like innocency, He set a little child in their midst and said: "Inasmuch as ye do it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me." On many occasions during His ministry among men the Master referred tenderly to the care and protection of children. Shall we, then, offer an apology for bringing again the needs of the fatherless and motherless children of North Carolina to the attention of the people at Thanksgiving?
The farmer plants his seed for the harvest he expects to realize. The orphan homes of the State are planning for a harvest of the race. Shall we give to growing children that degree of care and attention the farmer expends upon the plants from which he expects an abundant yield of golden grain? Shall we have a part in building for the future? Shall we grow patriots for the coming years?
In order that more adequate equipment and support may be provided for our patriot-making agencies, the orphan homes, the "One-Day-for-the-Orphans" movement was started, calling
upon all our people to add to the stream of regular contributions a special Thanksgiving offering equal to a day's income. Hitherto, this request has met with a generous response. It has enlisted our people of all creeds and classes in beautiful coöperation for the support of a needed civic and Christian philanthropy.
The need of the orphan homes is still urgent, and every citizen of the State is asked to co-operate in the movement to save from degeneracy and help train for good citizenship the most exposed children in the world?
How can you do this? How can you so give that your charity will reach directly to the homeless orphan?
A list of these splendid institutions appears on the last page of this pamphlet. Every one of them is worthy of your support. You are asked to forward to one of these a special Thanks-giving offering. A day's wage, or the income of a day, is suggested--more if you can, less if you can do no better.
And, remember, you are asked to do this in the name of Him who said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." It is for His unfortunates this appeal is made. To the liberal giver it will bring happiness and contentment; and the liberal contributor is the individual who gives in the right spirit, be it much or little. "For God loveth a cheerful giver."
Winter, with its cold, its sufferings, and its privations for many, is approaching. Can we allow a single orphan child in our great Commonwealth to lack for food, for clothes, or for knowledge that will enable that child to become a useful citizen, and that will direct its steps into the ways of pleasantness and peace?
Raymond Robbins once said, "The greatest hope for the world lies in the fact that there is a new generation born three times in every century." Three times in every hundred years God gives us a new generation of children to teach and to lead into the paths and the ways of His
family. And we are admonished to "train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
Let us take God at His word and train up the new generation to be true and honest and worthy men and women. Then we may confidently hope for and have reason to expect that the boys and girls of Today will become the splendid men and women so necessary for Tomorrow. You can help by entering into the spirit of this message, from the North Carolina Orphan Association, which asks you to help gladden the lives of hundreds of fatherless and motherless children now under the fostering care of the fine orphan homes located in various sections of our progressive State.
Make your offering on or about Thanksgiving Day. Make it on the basis of your earning capacity of a single day. Make it through your church, or lodge, or send direct to the orphanage of your choice. Make it, remembering that thousands of others are with you in this movement. Make it, if you will, with the prayer that our orphan children may be led into the larger life here and the life eternal hereafter. Make it with the wish that the next Thanksgiving Day may be the gladdest and best ever observed in North Carolina.
M. L. SHIPMAN,
STACEY W. WADE,
J. W. BAILEY,
J. R. YOUNG,
W. A. GRAHAM,
MARY G. SHOTWELL,Committee. RALEIGH, N. C., 1924
Rotarians, Kiwanians, Civitans, Lions, Red Deer, and other civic organizations are respectfully requested to coöperate in this movement by bringing the matter to the attention of members at their weekly luncheons during the month of November. Church and fraternal societies are especially invited to join heartily in the effort to advance this worthy cause.