War Effort Contributions

Deaf people could not serve in the military, but like other civilians contributed on the homefront. They made blankets, packaged bandages, raised funds, and gave blood. Volunteers knit scarves, socks, and sweaters. Deaf Americans also attended rallies to support U.S. soldiers, help paper drives, and donated canned food and scrap metal.


Students from the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticut display a coverlet they are donating to the Hartford Chapter of the Red Cross.



American School for the Deaf


During World War I students at Gallaudet College formed a Red Cross Auxiliary. They cut, wrapped, and packaged bandages.


Gallaudet University Archives


The National Association of the Deaf raised $7,771 to purchase three Red Cross clubmobiles.


National Association of the Deaf


Students from the New York School for the Deaf at White Plains pose with a soldier in this 1944 photograph. The school participated in the U.S. Treasury Department's "Schools at War" campaign.


From the collection of Robert J. Allen (picture next to driver) and courtesy of Dr. Barbara M. Kannapell



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