Quakers Plan More Gifts For Vietnam War Victims
AMHERST. - The Amherst Area Quaker Action Committee is planning a second crossing
into Canada Nov. 11 to bring cash gifts which will be used to purchase medical
supplies for all victims of the Vietnam War.
The Canadian Friends Service Committee, which will receive the funds, purchases
the medical supplies from Canadian drug manufacturers, who offer them at cost.
The supplies are forwarded to the Red Cross of North Vietnam, South Vietnam
and the National Liberation Front.
At the first witness May 27, 80 Quakers and friends from the Amherst area crossed
into Canada at Derby Line, Vt., with gifts totaling $3000. The witness was one
of several, including crossings in New York, Michigan and Washington.
Giving medical aid in this way is considered by the Treasury Department to
be illegal under the provisions of the Trading with the Enemy Act, although
for two years the government did grant licenses to do so.
Marion Hambleton, a spokesman for the group, explained, "We are proceeding
in the faith that the spirit of giving to all victims of war may directly help
to relieve suffering and ultimately help to dissolve hostilities. Our action
is based on the conviction that 'no man is an enemy,' that all men are brothers."
Fund raising is now in process. Amherst area members of the Committee include
Mary and David Clark, Leone A. Barron, Marion S. Hambleton, and Gertrude Weir.
Participating from nearby communities are Jane and Milton Mayer, Deerfield;
Gilbert Wieland, Holyoke; Michael Rice, Hatfield; Allison K. Kaufhold, Gill;
Lois and Marshall Smith, Haydenville and Alice Schaffey, Williamstown.