Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The WPA helps Santa Claus
(The caption in this image reads, "...and the children are not forgotten. WPA is cooperating with the local agencies which are helping prevent the tragedy of the empty stocking." Image from "Work: A Journal of Progress," December 1936, a publication of the District of Columbia WPA Office.)
In December of 1940, an Associated Press article reported the following: "The WPA said today that some 2,000,000 toys would be distributed from its workshops to underprivileged children this Christmas. In nearly every large community, it said, there are toy-making and repair projects" ("WPA To Distribute Toys," Baltimore Sun, December 15, 1940, p. 11).