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RED CROSS CRITICISED COMPLAINT ABOUT LETTER Criticism of the action of an honorary official of the New Zealand Red Cross Society in forwarding to the Star a letter complaining of the quality of parcels sent to servicemen in the Pacific was expressed at a meeting of the Auckland Metropolitan Patriotic Committee last night. The letter had been published by the Star as a news item on June 30, said Mr. A. Peckston. He had approached the person who had sent it and had been told that she had done so in her capacity as a private citizen. Her action was not helpful so far as co-operation between the Red Cross and the Patriotic Committee was concerned. In the letter it was stated that parcels received in the Pacific this year had been packed in 1941, said Mr. Peckston. This was not true. No such parcels had been sent. Such criticism handicapped the moneyraising efforts of the Patriotic Committee. What happened to parcels after they had been dispatched from New Zealand was something over which the committee had no control. Wonderful work was being done by the women in Auckland who packed the parcels, and if the parcels were stored for long periods after they had been sent overseas it was not their fault.

Mr. Peckston complained that all the credit for parcels sent to prisoners of war was given to the Red Cross Society. The society was not entitled to credit unless its name was coupled with that of the National Patriotic Fund Board which shared the work, he said. The actual distribution of the parcels to prisoner-of-war camps had been done by the International Red Cross which knew no colour, caste nor creed, and the local Red Cross took credit for the work of that organisation and was just "cashing in on the international popularity of the Red Cross." Up till two years ago the parcels had been supplied by the National Patriotic Fund Board. Since then the Government had met the cost of the food in the parcels, but the board had continued to supply the cigarettes and other comforts included. The Red Cross should be asked to acknowledge the work done by national patriotic committees. Mr. H. Bull said that they should write to the Auckland Headquarters of the Red Cross Society and ask them to declare where they stood, and to state publicly where they had got the money for-the parcels. It was agreed by the meeting that a letter should be written to the Auckland centre of the Red Cross asking if they associated themselves with the letter published in the Star and also asking them to acknowledge the work done by the National Patriotic Fund Board and Patriotic committees.

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CREDIT FOR PARCELS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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CREDIT FOR PARCELS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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