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CHRISTMAS CUEER,

Soldiers' Parcels Distributed.

Moro than 250 parcels were distributed nt Anzac House, Collins street, yesterday to returned soldiers who are unemployed. The Federal Cabinet had voted £1,000 to the Returned Sailors and Soldiers' League to provide Christmas gifts for, unemployed soldiers throughout Australia, und the Vic- torian allocution from, that sum was £177/10/10. A further contribution of £250 by Mr. MacRobertson enabled the Vic- torian branch of the league to increase the number and value of the parcels. In three quarters .of an hour 150 were distributed. Of the 450 available there still remain 200 for distribution, and these will be given out between 9 and 12, o'clock this morning. Applicants must produce a recommendation from n recognised body working in the in- terests of returned men. The parcels con- sist of 21b. sugar, lib. tea, tin of fruit, tin of jam, lib. salt, 21b. plum pudding, 21b. hour, tin milk, and two packets of cigar- ettes. With each parcel there is also an order for the purchase of 4/ worth of

meat.

Christmas 'Dinner. '

The Australian League of Soldiers and Sailors' Womenfolk gave unemployed sol- diers and sailors and their wives and child ren a Christmas dinner. Mrs. B. Johnston

(vice-president), in the absence of Mrs. Woodburn (president), welcomed the

guests.

Mr. Bent acted as Father Christmas, and distributed toys to about 100 children.

Caulfield Hospital.

The Christmas treat for the patients at the Caulfield Military Hospital has, since the establishment of the hospital, been one of the most satisfactory of the many cele- brations of the season. Those'who organ- ise the entertainment aie fully recom- pensed by the appreciation of the patients. The treat, which was organised by tlie sub-committee of the Caulfield branch of tho lied CroBS, was given on Thursday evening. The patients, of whom there are 250, were entertained at tea. State schools throughout Victoria sent poultry and other delicacies- Each patient received a Christ- mas gift of cigarettes and other comfoits. In the evening a concert programme waa given on the lawn by Miss Is.. Cornwell, Miss Lorna Reid, Mrs. Sargent, Mr. E. Hook, and Mr. Sage, while the wards were visited by a^ concert party organised by

Mrs. Chccchi.

1 . Orphan Children's Festival.

Rninbow-hued wings, gliding up the drive to the Melbourne Orphan Asylum Cottage Homes at Middle Brighton yesterday after- noon, brought joy to 100 small keaits, for upon the Luck of the motor dragon-fly rode Father Christmas, with a nile of presents. His welcome was gleeful, and the gifts quickly dwindled as the children, who liad no home to go to foi Christmas, crowded round. The superintendent (.Mr. J. Russell Crowther) supervised the proceedings, which included nfternoon tea, prepared uy the girlB, under the trees. Later the chil- dren wcie given a Chif-tmas ten.

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