Junior Red Cross volunteer knitting in Winnipeg School Division No. 1 during and immediately after World War II (1939-1946)
Nowlan, Mary E.
The purpose of this study was to examine and document the knitting activities of Junior Red Cross volunteers in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba during, and immediately after World War II (1939-1946) in order to determine the significance of this work. The specific objectives of this study were: (a) to ascertain how Junior Red Cross knitting was organized in Winnipeg School Division No. 1, (b) to establish the role of home economics teachers in the organization of Junior Red Cross knitting in Winnipeg School Division No. 1, (c) to verify what the members of the Junior Red Cross in Winnipeg School Division No. 1 were knitting and for whom, (d) to determinethe significance of Junior Red Cross knitting in Winnipeg School Division No. 1 during, and immediately after World War II. Information from documents relevant to this study was recorded on data collection sheets, developed by the researcher, based on initial research questions and information from the literature review. The majority of material to be recorded on the data collection sheets was found in archives. Several former members of the Winnipeg Junior Red Cross were interviewed to supplement this data. The significance of the Junior Red Cross knitting activities was analyzed by making numerical comparisons and by comparing activities between schools. The importance of the knitting was assessed by confirming whether Junior Red Cross work became part of the school curriculum, and by determining who considered the knitting to be meaningful. Student members of the Junior Red Cross thought the work they were doing was worthwhile and rewarding. Throughout World War II the Canadian Red Cross and Junior Red Cross provided food, clothing and other supplies to various groups and individuals in many parts of the world. This research shows that children played an important part in one particular world event.