Anderson County Schools
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt
My dear Mrs. Roosevelt,
You may think I am a very insignificant person to be writing to a person of your standing and ability but by reading your article and hearing your talks I know you are real and have an interest in people even my dear little needy boys and girls of the mountain schools.
I am Rural Supervisor of schools in my county. I have forty schools to supervise. Due to insufficient clothing and food many are unable to attend schools.
I wish it were possible for you to see some of the conditions. It is not uncommon for a child to have but one dress or one shirt. They have to stay at home the day the mother laundries them.
I am just wishing that in some of your groups that it would be possible to interest them in our needs. The Save the Children Fund, with headquarters in New York, has helped me some. Many children of my schools would be unable to attend school had it not been for this organization.
I hope you will not consider me rude for writing. I have my heart in the work. I realize a hungry or a cold child cannot learn too much.
Yours very truly,
Reply to the letter:
January 31, 1936
My dear Miss S:
Mrs. Roosevelt asks me to acknowledge your letter and to tell you that she read it with sympathetic interest. Much as she would like to help you, she finds it impossible to do so, as all the money she has to give has been pledged and allocated.
Assuring you of Mrs. Roosevelt's regret, I am
Very sincerely yours,