Friday, December 24, 2004

Children on the Youngstown Jaycees Christmas Shopping Tour 1957

The photograph was taken during the 1957 Shopping Tour for underprivileged children. It was the Youngstown Jaycees third annual shopping tour that was held on Saturday, Dec 14, 1957 from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm. Over 95 underprivileged children took part in the tour. Each child received $5.00 to purchase gifts for their parents or relatives. The children were taken after the tour to the Wick Park Pavilion, where the Jayceettes (womens' group) wrapped presents for the children. Refreshments were served and everyone sang Christmas Carols (led by the leader of the Boardman Campfire Girls, Mrs. Gordon Miller).

The two Jaycees in the photograph: facing the camera, far back, Tom Keough; facing the children, far right, Martin Hughes.

This photograph appeared in a publication done by the Youngstown Junior Chamber of Commerce for the Jaycees 25th Anniversary in 1959. The Youngstown Jaycees were founded in 1934. Caption under the photo: "Jaycees helping happy youngsters on the Christmas shopping tour for underprivileged children."

Information from the publication, The Youngstown Jaycee, Vol.1, No. 2,-January of 1958

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