Bobby (Circa 1949)

Disclaimer: The following was excerpted from an article in the Capper Foundation Archives. The choice of words used at the time this was written may not reflect current Capper Foundation inclusive language and views.

Bobby (Circa 1949)

A happy little tyke with faith in Santa Claus and delight in his heart for the smallest bit of pleasure was unaware yesterday that he really had something to smile about. He just smiled anyway, the way he always does.  But 18-months-old Bobby has a lot of big problems he doesn’t know about.

Bobby’s mother is in the Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Norton. His father is threatened with T.B. and cannot work steadily. It has been up to Bobby’s grandmother to take care of him, his brother and sister, but the job has been an overwhelming one. You see, Bobby requires special care for his feet are deformed.

This is why his grandmother came to the Capper Foundation for Crippled Children the other day to ask for help.

Yesterday, dressed up in his Sunday best suit and gleeful about ”going some place,” Bobby felt right at home at the Capper Foundation Center. This was good, because the Center is going to be Bobby’s home for a while. Arrangements have been made for him to get the care he needs and the Center to keep him from being crippled for life.

It is for little Bobby and other youngsters like him at the Center that the Capper Foundation Art Exhibit and Auction is to be held at Municipal Auditorium December 18 and 19.

More than 200 original paintings have been donated to the show and sale by artists from all over the country, including some of the leading painters in the United States. The exhibit will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 18, and from 3 to 5 p.m.. Monday, December 19, with the auction scheduled for that night starting at 7. The event it is sponsored by the Topeka Woman’s Club. All proceeds from the art sale will go to the Capper Foundation to help further its work for crippled youngsters like Bobby.