The Great Depression has hit us all hard but a group we do not consider when speaking of this suffering is our children. They have a few words for our First Lady.
I had to leave school because I didn't have any clothes to wear. I will be very thankful to you if you can gather some clothes. I am 17 years of age and was in my 3rd year of high school when I have to leave. My father is working and making a little money but we are barely living. He has 3 children besides myself to support. I've looked for work every day but I don't seem to have any luck.
A seventeen year old girl Buffalo, N.Y. Jan. 6, 1936
My father opened a small grocery store . . . It isn't easy for him to pay all of his bills, because his money is very little. Nobody seems to help us. And sometimes my mother cries because maybe we'll loose the store. I'm always sorry because I'm still young and I can't help much. I was thinking of You, because I always see You in the paper with a smile in Your face. And I know that You have a kind heart. Can you help us?
A Nine Year Old Girl to Eleanor Roosevelt
A Seventeen Year Old Boy Cleveland, Ohio November 10, 1940
I quit school 2 years ago in order to find a job. Since my dad died 3 years ago we haven't been able to do so good. My little brothers are shoeshiners. They go out at night and shine shoes. My mother said she would rather starve than get relief. I am working as a grocery store clerk at $8.00 a week. We all have faith in our president.
4 Children For Sale Inquire Inside
Times have gotten so tough. Mothers have been forced to sell their own children. goo.gl/X8zMgfcontent_copy
As you can see our youth are suffering along with the rest of the nation. When will this depression come to an end and will FDR's New Deal be able to restore this nation to its former glory? This has been Richard Briggs with your daily news.