|Description: (1) An envelope, with a handwritten address to Mrs. A. L. Sayers, 1723 Birchwood Dr., Mississauga, Ont. L5J 1T7, Canada. The sender is Mr. Lee Bong Suk, P. O. Box 7, Ulsan, Kyung Nam, KOREA. The envelope is an airmail envelope with red, blue, and white stripes around the edges. PAR AVION and VIA AIRMAIL is printed on part of the envelope. (2) A handwritten letter on official orphanage letterhead, with the heading printed in Korean and English. Mr. Lee Bong Suk thanks Annie Sayers for her direct contribution of $25.00 which he says will be used for buying food. The letter describes their Christmas celebrations and the return to school, as well as fuel shortages due to the 1973 oil crisis. The letter is dated 2 February, 1974.|
Letters and ephemera are part of a bundle from Korea regarding charitable donations by Annie Sayers to charities in Korea. Through CARE Canada, during the years 1958 to 1975, Annie Harris contributed to the support of orphanages in Korea. The collection houses letters from the Directors of different orphanages, photos of children and caregivers, Christmas cards, and small gifts such as embroidered handkerchiefs sent to her in appreciation of her continuing help. Annie's support included welcomed items such as a sewing machine, a knitting machine, and wool as well as food and cash. The Directors faithfully wrote expressing their gratitude and keeping Annie up to date on their crops, the school, their floods, and celebrations.
Annie Harris Sayers (1882-1986) was born to Arthur and Mary Harris (née Magrath), of Benares. Annie and her younger sister Naomi were raised in an atmosphere of upper middle class comfort. Annie Harris married Beverly Sayers in 1906, and together they built a house on the southern part of the Benares Estate, given to them by Annie's parents. After their marriage ended in 1925, Annie continued to live in the 'Log Bungalow', raising their three children, Geoffrey, (1907-1998); Dora, (1915-2004); and Barbara, (1920-) alone. Annie was known as a very creative, generous, and sweet woman. She celebrated her 100th birthday in 1982 with a large party at Benares. She lived to be 104, dying in 1986. She is buried at Spring Creek Cemetery in Clarkson.