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History Through Deaf Eyes – War Effort Contributions

Deaf people could not serve in the military, but like other civilians contributed on the homefront. They made blankets, packaged bandages, raised funds, and gave blood. Volunteers knit scarves, socks, and sweaters. Deaf Americans also attended rallies to support U.S. soldiers, helped paper drives, and donated canned food and scrap metal.

Red Cross West Hartford Headquarters

Students from the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticut display a coverlet they are donating to the Hartford Chapter of the Red Cross. American School for the Deaf

Gallaudet Red Cross Auxiliary

During World War I students at Gallaudet College formed a Red Cross Auxiliary. They cut, wrapped, and packaged bandages. Gallaudet University Archives

Red Cross club-mobile.

The National Association of the Deaf raised $7,771 to purchase three Red Cross club-mobiles. National Association of the Deaf

NY School for the dead students with soldier

Students from the New York School for the Deaf at White Plains pose with a soldier in this 1944 photograph. The school participated in the U.S. Treasury Department’s “Schools at War” campaign. From the collection of Robert J. Allen (pictured next to driver) and courtesy of Dr. Barbara M. Kannapell