For sale is a rare 1926 CHARITY DONATION LITHOGRAPHIC PIN. The pin is dated 1926 and features an orphan with outstretched arms for a hug. The text on the pin reads “I HAVE PLEDGED COMMUNITY PLEDGE”. The pin’s measures 3/4 inches diameter. A top notch advertising collectible.
In 1919, the Welfare Federation conducted Community Fund charity drives. Samuel Mather raised $4 million from 148,234 different donors. The federation disbursed the monies to participating health and social service agencies. In 1931, using an inspiring slogan and thousands of volunteers, the Community Fund collected more than $5.65 million of donations. The campaign fared poorly during the Depression but rallied during World War II, when it was known as the War Chest. During the 1950s, the Community Chest’s Red Feather symbolized charitable giving. In 1957, with the addition of the AMERICAN RED CROSS, CLEVELAND CHAPTER, the name changed to the United Appeal and a red cross was added to the symbol.