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Martha writes to Mr. Hoge to acknowledge and thank him for the gift that came from him today at the school.

Martha Berry tells Mr. Hoehler that they are still talking about his inspirational commencement address. She says that she is very grateful to him for coming. She also tells him that $25 has been added to the Alumni Loan fund in his name which will be used to buy clothes and essential items for the students.

Martha Berry says that Mrs. Hayes' gift is an inspiration that made it possible for the school to take in one more needy child. She says that gifts from friends are investments in human life, and that her belief in these children's futures gives her the courage and strength to work with them.

Miller expresses his appreciation for Miss Berry's holiday gift of cotton picked by Berry boys and girls.

Martha Berry thanks Mrs. Enck for her help with things for the children at Possum Trot. She says it will bring much cheer during the Christmas season. She also wishes that Mrs. Enck could see the Christmas tree with her.

Martha Berry thanks Mrs. Driggers for visiting her at the hospital and bringing her handkerchiefs. She says to tell David and Mariam how much she appreciates them. She says she is sorry that she didn't see them, but that she knew she needed to get her sight back. She tells Mrs. Driggers that she cannot wait to see Berry again when she gets her permanent glasses.

Martha Berry thanks Mr. Holt for the cards he sent and says that they are enjoying them. She thanks him for sending Paul Culbertson back to Berry and informs him that Paul graduated with his class. She says that she was unable to attend Commencement, but that she was glad that Paul graduated and that the class was a great one. She tells Mr. Holt that she is slowly improving, thinks about him often, and hopes that he will visit more. She then thanks Mr. Holt again for sending Paul back to Berry.

Martha Berry expresses her gratitude for Mr. Holt's tremendous monetary contribution to the Possum Trot children in a time of great need. She includes the thanks of the children and a description of their Christmas celebration.

Martha Berry writes to thank Mrs. Higgins for her letter and to give her condolences for the death of Mrs. Higgins' husband. She expresses her wish that Mr. Higgins could have seen Berry Schools, and explains the work of the schools. She then talks about the worthwhileness of helping the children and suggests that helping the children at the Berry Schools would be a beautiful way to memorialize Mr. Higgins. She ends the letter by thanking Mrs. Higgins for her interest and inviting her to come visit the schools.

Mrs. Hicks writes to inform Sophia Alston that a money order is on the way to pay for Esther's uniforms, and expresses her regret that the money is late.

Martha Berry thanks Mrs. Heath for the package of warm clothes that she donated to the Berry Schools. She explains that the need is great and that she will give everything in the package to needy children.

Martha Berry thanks Miss Hamrick for sending her a copy of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Miss Berry says she was glad to see Martha Hamrick and Mildred, and she hopes that Miss Shirley Hamrick can visit soon.

Martha Berry thanks Miss Hamrick for her visit and says that it made her feel much better. She says that she is still planning a trip to Florida and thanks Miss Hamrick again for her thoughtfulness.

Mrs. John C. Aisenbrey's Civics Class donated money to the Emily V. Hammond Scholarship Fund. The Berry Schools sends their thanks.

Martha Berry thanks Miss Hammond for her interest in the Berry Schools. She expresses her hope that Miss Hammond will visit Berry and see the work that they are doing firsthand. She expresses her gratitude again and wishes Miss Hammond a happy new year.


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