|Description: (1) An envelope from CARE. The sender's address reads: 'CARE, Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere, Inc., 660 First Avenue, New York, New York'. The postal mark reads New York New York, JAN 5 1967. U.S. Postage .05 cents. Printed in red on the envelope reads: '1946-1966. 20 Years of Service to Humanity.' The envelope has a cellophane window for the address of the recipient to be visible. (2) A letter from Thomas Kines, the new National Director of CARE of Canada. The letter thanks the recipient for their continuing support, and includes a black and white photograph of Mr. Kines at the bottom of the letter. (3) An empty envelope included with the letter, addressed to CARE in Ottawa. There is an area at the top left corner for the sender to include their address. The envelope is probably meant for someone to send in a donation.|
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.