WHEREAS, there are in the State of Delaware some 9,200 crippled children and 8,500 handicapped adults; and

WHEREAS, our right to aid the crippled is a privilege to be accepted, guarded and exercised fully; and

WHEREAS, it has been proved of economic feasibility to make available such services as those financed through Easter Seal funds, since these services help dependent crippled children become independent adults and thus conserve a vast human resource of our nation; and

WHEREAS, it is not only an American heritage and responsibility but a basic precept of good citizenship and a privilege of the people of this state to help crippled children have happier, more useful lives and the opportunity to become self-sustaining adults; and

WHEREAS, the specialized services of rehabilitation, recreation and educational aid for the crippled are efficiently and effectively administered by the Delaware Society for Crippled Children and Adults; and

WHEREAS, the cost 'of these services has increased as other costs have increased and as more crippled are constantly being reached; and

WHEREAS, the annual Easter Seal drive of the Delaware Society for Crippled Children and Adults provides the chief source of support for its multiple services:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the month from March 5, to April 5, 1953, as


and urge all citizens to support this drive generously and thereby lend a helping hand to our crippled children.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this Twenty seventh day of February, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-seventh.


By the Governor:


HARRIS B. McDOWELL, JR., Secretary of State.