||"We collected all of our Belgian francs and whatever we could use for bartering.
A volunteer contingent went to Louvain and bought every toy, doll and game that
they could find. We wrapped the toys until we ran out of materials including
gift-wrappings from home and pages from the Stars & Stripes, the official
newspaper of the Allied armed forces.
When the toys were ready, we raided the mess hall and collected some Spam,
coffee, marmalade, peanut butter and other items. We even included some liqueurs
for the Sisters that had been given to us by General Patton. (His troops
"captured" stocks of booze from the Germans who had "liberated" it from the
French. General Patton passed it on to us as an expression of thanks for the
support provided his forces by P-47 pilots.)
Ev Peters, Bill Mather, Bill Miller and several other pilots delivered the
goodies to the orphans. It was a festive occasion. As the gifts were passed out,
there wasn't a dry eye in the house. That was the day I SAW Santa Claus."