Letter from Mr. Sidney Gulick, 3d

The following letter was sent from Sidney Gulick, 3d, to Shukugawara Shogakko (Elementary School) on the occasion of a New Blue-eyed Doll named Lisa being given to this school in the city of Kawasaki.

February 16, 2002                         

Dear friends at Shukugawara Shogakko,

          About seventy-five years ago my grandfather, Sidney L. Gulick, inaugurated a doll mission in which American children sent over 12,000 friendship dolls to children of Japan. In return, Japan sent a special collection of gorgeous ambassador dolls to the United States. Both sets of dolls were sent in order to help the children of the two countries better understand and appreciate each other.

          We are happy to send to Shukugawara Shogakko a new friendship doll. Our friends the Gordons are planning to present her in the same spirit that the dolls were sent across the Pacific Ocean seventy years ago, through the World Friendship Among Children in the United States and in Japan.

          The name of the new friendship doll is Lisa, which is a common American girl's name. In addition to Lisa herself, my wife Mrs. Gulick has prepared a new pair of pants to play in, a nightgown, and traveling bag made especially for Lisa. She is also accompanied by a passport with information about her. We hope that you will feel kind thoughts when you see her.

          We send to you and your families our best wishes for a good and peaceful year, and please enjoy Lisa.

                                                                 Sidney L. Gulick, 3d

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