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Activities and Holidays at the Klingberg Children’s Home PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 November 2011 11:32

At the New Britain, CT Klingberg Children’s Home, everything was done as a group.  The group went to an amusement park every year; the kids were given tickets.  Each year there was a picnic at the prayer rock.  The group of 50 boys and 50 girls were in chapel every morning.  There was church on Sundays.  Every Easter each child would have an Easter basket underneath his or her chair during breakfast.  Thanksgiving dinners were celebrated as a group.  During the Christmas holidays, groups such as the Lion’s Club, Shriners; and other Fraternity organizations would throw Christmas parties for the kids.  At the chapel the kids would be called up one at a time in order to receive a small present.   Christmas morning each child would receive a bag with several presents in it while sitting in the chapel – boys’ side and girls’ side.  Each year there was a Halloween party at the chapel and a costume contest.  When there were school cancellations as a result of snow, the group watched the same movies over and over again.  Huffman says he must have watched “Jack in the Beanstalk” 50 times.  The orphanage was the first introduction to the group concept of doing things long before Huffman was in the Marines in Vietnam.

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