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> Buying Black Babies, school
post 16th May 2011, 10:47am
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Right Benny, I remember the silver paper collections for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Never figured oot what the dogs would do with the silver paper. cool.gif

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post 17th May 2011, 06:05am
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Right Benny, I remember the silver paper collections for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Never figured oot what the dogs would do with the silver paper. cool.gif

Thea used them tae make trails so they could see in the dark!!!!
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post 17th May 2011, 07:01am
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Don't remember any collections for Black Babies but I do remember the wee box for collecting for Dr. Barnados Homes. Ma Mammy always found a few pennies for this as she was brought at Qurrier's Homes in Brig O' Weir.

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post 25th Sep 2011, 09:56am
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I remember this!!

I was at Primary School from 1975 - 1982 and well remember that around 1977-1980 collecting monies for black babies as part of the school and church campaign. There was a little cardboard collection box that each of us got and we had to fill it up with 2p pieces. I think if you collected 30p worth or 1 you sent it off and got a certificate or similar !

There was also a drive for the Ethipian Famine in the early 80s where we were encouraged to donate bashed tins of food or those with no labels to the campaign. They were sent by some mysterious people to Ethiopia but I always wondered what would they think of when some terrible person would have sent unlabelled tins of dog food instead !?
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post 25th Sep 2011, 12:05pm
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If ah wis starvin ah'd hiv a go at dug food - it disnae seem tae dae the dugs any herm. Merr important, ah hope they remembered tae include a tin opener in their food parcels tae the Ethopians.

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post 24th Apr 2012, 12:53pm
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smile.gif Delighted to see a link for The Black Babies. When I was at school in the mid 1940's we used to have a large chart on the wall with stairs going up. Every time you brought some money in the baby would go up a step until you reached 2/6d at the very top, which gave the impression of Heaven. In those days, as you can imagine it took a long time for children to get many "babies" which we duly gave names. Every time I hear Led Zeplin's tune "Stairway to Heaven I think of this chart and all the pressure to get a "Baby".
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post 7th May 2012, 01:25am
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Whenever I've brought the "black baby cards" up with my friends they look at me like I'm mad! they had different coloured ones at my school in Blantyre and they were different prices. You collected them, horrible bloody things wi pictures of dyin weans on them. I'm glad I've finally found some other people who remember them coz i thought I might have been hallucinating! and when I googled them this is the only link that came up!
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post 26th May 2012, 11:44pm
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We had collections for the black babies when I went to Sacred Heart in the 40`s,my mum never had any pennies to spare for we seemed as poor as all these wee black babies and all the other poverty stricken nations. However one year when my stepfather was home from the sea he gave me tuppence,I was so proud being able to drop it in the box as it came round the classroom. I was only about 7 or 8 at the time. when I came
home from school my stepfather said " well where is it?" I said what? and he said the wee black baby,I gave you tuppence to buy me one where is it? He was a great joker,we laughed a lot when
he was on leave,typical Glaswegian with a dry sense of humour.
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post 28th Aug 2012, 11:20am
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I really did believe that I was buying a Black Baby from Africa!! After donating my penny, I watched excitedly as the teacher marked of each box on the grid, and patiently waited until every last one was filled in. The teacher would announce in class that you had finished the card, and you got a clap from everyone and it made me feel so happy and that I has done something really important. I got a certificate for filling my card and can only assume that in my innocence it was a form of adoption papers.

The following week at school my teacher asked me if i wanted another card to collect more pennies. Can you imagine her face when I said "But please Miss, I haven't had my other Black baby yet!!"? She was speechless and could only blink and say, "But Donna Marie, you didn't really think you were going to get a black child from Africa, did you?" To which I replied, "Well Miss, I did pay for one."

My first self inflicted real "riddie" and I can tell you I still cringe with embarassment before I burst into laughter. When I think about it the teacher couldn't have explained to us properly about the collecting for charity that we so lovingly donated every day with such unselfish conviction. So yes, I'm going to say it - "Miss, it was your fault!"

I still feel a tug at heart strings when I think about how let down I was that day. I was gutted!
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