Pictured above: Minutes taken in longhand on Friday, October 13, 1944. These minutes make reference to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s War Relief Control Board and the involvement of French-American Aid For Children sending aid to France.
French-American Aid for Children has a rich and vibrant history. FAAFC is committed to improving the lives of children since 1939.
FAAFC was founded in November 1939 by women who believed in making a difference in a world in conflict.
FAAFC, first known as "Committee of French-American Wives" was granted a license by President Roosevelt to operate and reported monthly to the US government. Mrs. Smith, the founder, coordinated the war relief efforts with the Quakers (American Friends Service Committee) and the American Red Cross working in Europe through her contact Anne Morgan, daughter of J.P. Morgan and a francophile.
The group sent over 1,000 parcels to French prisoners of war. With the Liberation, thousands more packages were sent to Europe, filled with blankets, clothing, powdered milk and other necessities for distressed French families and orphans. A mobile x-ray machine was bought and sent to Europe. During that time, a number of organizations who wanted to send funds for charitable purposes to France and England used the Committee. It retained a fee of 5%, a welcome source of income. For her remarkable efforts, in 1950, France decorated Mrs. Smith with the insignia of a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
After the war, the group continued to raise money for relief organizations through private, volunteer efforts. The group's goal continues to be to aid selected organizations and to answer appeals, wherever they may come from, in times of emergency.
Today, FAAFC is composed of members from France, America and many other countries who take great pride in increasing its support of children both in the USA and France, thereby strengthening the bonds of friendship between these two nations. The Spring Fête, the former "Bal des Berceaux" is the primary fundraiser of the year.