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things, that a child customarily would, with one or more toys.
That's correct. And there's not only a dearth of toys but a
death of books. There's nothing donducive to learning, really in the home.
And now the public schools send the most dirty, dogeared books
home with children. It's unbelievable. You wouldn't believe the books
that the public school gives to the children. And there's no incentive
to open a book if it's dirty. So these children -- they're deprived
in every way. We have books fairs about six times a year, and we
get contributions of books, and we give them to the children to take
home. And at Christmas time, we give them toys and other kinds of
things. We have a big Christmas party with Christmas presents. But
that isn't solving everything. But we do make an effort to see that
they get some material things. We do that Easter time and Christmas
time. And the book fairs, we're getting ready to have another one.
We're going to have three next month, and these children will take
these books home, and they're their own books, and they will have
You're doing that just before summer.
Yes, kind of. The end of the school year, celebration.
No, but that's a big problem with our children. They don't have
anything. And then when they have some material things, they have a
hard time to protect them, in the family, because they have no privacy,
and no place to store things, or to keep their own belongings, and
that's a hard thing to deal with.
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