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OPERATION FRIENDSHIP

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OPERATION FRIENDSHIP. Local program developed to bring minority children from Chicago to Dubuque for one week during the summer. Started in 1961, the program first welcomed six children who stayed with local parents and their children. Attempts were made to match the ages of the children from Chicago, ages 7-15, with the ages of the children in the Dubuque families.

In 1977 thirty-seven Dubuque families participated in the program that brought fifty-one minority children from Chicago. A picnic was the only time during the week when everyone involved in the program was together at one time. In an effort to recruit new families to the program, members used a booth at KENNEDY MALL to advertise the program. Many families hosted the same child for several summers.