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Monday, 07 November 2011 10:54

David Huffman, along with some of his brothers and sisters: Al, Eddie, Helen Lee and Mary; were sent to the Klingberg Children’s Home in New Britain, CT in 1953.  During the next year or two Helen Lee returned home to the Huffman parents; and then Eddie.  Susan went to a foster home, the Harris’.  Robin when she was old enough joined her brothers and sisters at the Klingberg Home.  Meanwhile, the Huffman parents had two more children, Raymond and Nancy.  The Klingberg Children’s Home origin was Christian.  The Huffman parents were encouraged to send the children to the Children’s Home after the oldest, Helen Lee, ran away with her younger Huffman siblings.  Helen Lee attempted to check all of them into a hotel triggering church intervention by the First Baptist Church in Wilmington, DE; a supporter of the Klingberg Home. 

The Klingberg Children’s Home was a large “E” shaped building with a boys side on the top of the E and a girls side on the bottom of the E, with dormitories, playrooms, and a dining room and chapel in the middle part of the E.  The boys and girls side was connected with rooms for various uses and a laundry.  The boys and the girls each morning at 7:00 am would get in line and attend chapel; boys on one side, and girls on the other.  They would dine the same way; boys on one side and girls on the other with the Klingberg’s having their own table in between.  Mr. Klingberg every morning at 7:00 am behind a podium would preach and teach scriptures from the Bible.  Each child would have a song book.  Each morning the group would sing various old-time hymns such as “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”, “At the Cross Where I First Saw the Light”, and “Onward Christian Soldiers” before breakfast.  Little David would sometimes faint standing from having low blood sugar before eating. 

The orphanage was huge. Mr. Klingberg’s preaching was distant to a little 5 year old boy, but there was something in the message about being a soldier for Jesus, and being a soldier for right and wrong.  The Christian values of love and charity; being a soldier of faith and that life would be a war against evil.  However, in a large children’s home that did things in a group, it was hard to personalize the message: “be seen and not heard child”: onward Christian soldier.  David heard the message from Mr. Klingberg until he left the orphanage at age 13. 


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