Penna. Sept. 7, 1936
am a young girl of thirteen and I have great ambitions. My parents
are very devout, but poor people. During the past eight years,
we have always lived very close to the school and we still do,
but I graduated from grammar and I have a great distance to
walk every day. Therefore I have to be well equipped. My parents
have six other children. It is extremely hard to provide our
family with food, shelter, and clothing on an income of $19.60.
It is my heart's desire to become a school teacher. I often
think of giving my parents all the luxuries I am denied. For
instance a lovely home with everything a couple of old folks
could want. I only hope they will live that long. My object
for writing this letter is ask your aid in helping me to get
a lovely coat to wear to school. Won't you help me Mrs. Roosevelt?
I need one so badly. If I don't get one soon I will have to
miss school and I dread the ordeal. Just any kind you feel I
should have. Will you kindly send it. Oh Mrs. Roosevelt you
don't know how much we will appreciate your gift. I live in
the rural part of North Philadelphia and I have to walk to 15th
& Wallace Streets. I beseech you to help me please. I do
believe you will help me.
yours, G. H.
I forgot my size Sweet sixteen