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Mount Holyoke was a busy campus throughout the war as the students participated in a wide range of activities. The photos shown below were just the tip of the iceberg. That funny old truck in the photo at bottom right was filled with hundreds of newspapers collected for one of the many paper drives held during this period. In addition to the paper drives, there were book drives, blood drives, British War Relief, Farmers Aid, the Victory Garden, child care, hospital work, Adopt an Orphan and many many more.

For example, student Red Cross members rolled 20,000 surgical dressings, sewed 200 hospital garments and knitted 275 other articles of clothing. In March 1944, during one Red Cross drive, the college surpassed the set goal of $3000 and eight dorms achieved 100% membership.(72)

In the photo bottom left, sand crew members Janet Anderson '42 and A. Barbara Corliss '42 prepared for emergencies by practicing an incendiary bomb snuffing technique. Pictured in the center photo are Marilyn Damon '48, Carol Day Hubbard '48, Jeanne Limpert '48 and Dorothy McDonald '48, who were called "ingenious freshman" in a Mount Holyoke press release from 1944. They were responsible for this "wrap your package" station for gifts going overseas. Intent on their work, these girls are described as "A1 morale builders."(73)

and More Activities
The Farmerettes worked in the Victory Garden, as the college farm garden was called. It was located behind the athletic fields, across Silver Street from the college. The college purchased the produce from the students and the money raised was contributed to a number of different causes. After the war, the produce money was to fund new athletic facilities

Mount Holyoke's famed V8's (V represented Victory, NOT vegetable) began their a cappella song stylings in 1942 during the Junior Show. The group proved very popular and were soon entertaining troops at Westover Air Force Base. Their smooth harmonies delighted audiences and the V8's were the the first non-professionals to sing at the famous Stage Door Canteen in New York City. The V8's have existed continuously for over 60 years now and audiences enjoy listening to them just as much now as they did then.(74)

Sandcrew members practice incendiary bomb snuffing technique. Courtesy MHC Archives (75)
Servicemen will receive gaily wrapped Christmas bundles. Courtesy MHC Archives (76)
This old truck, filled with newpapers, had a purpose. Courtesy MHC Archives (77)
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