Commander at orphan home
Former Alaska District Commander Col. Carl Y. Farrell (May 1, 1954-May 30, 1956) helps orphans at the Valley Christian Home for Children operate a toy train. Mrs. Harold A. Richards, who with her husband supervised the facility, looks on. Farrell and district employees visited in 1956 to deliver Easter baskets. The District Engineer Orphan Fund was established in 1948 to aid the home near Palmer. Employees donated 25 cents or more each pay day to the effort. By 1958, the district had raised $26,000 to help purchase washing machines, a dryer, bunk beds and the drilling of a new water well, in addition to holiday gifts and food. The Territory of Alaska placed the youngsters in the home and provided a monthly payment for each child. All other expenses were covered by charitable donations. (Public Affairs Historical Files)

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