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Margaret Chase Smith supports the Jimmy Fund

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Margaret Chase Smith supports the Jimmy Fund
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For many men in their twenties and thirties, volunteering often involved coaching Little League, an organization founded in 1939 by Carl E. Stotz. Coaches and players alike engaged in activities beyond the playing field that helped expand social capital, including fund raising efforts on behalf of the Jimmy Fund. In 1948, the Jimmy Fund was created following a visit by members of the Boston Braves baseball team to a young Maine cancer patient named Einar "Jimmy" Gustafson.

Senator Smith is pictured in September 1953 supporting the cause by making a donation to Skowhegan native and current Margaret Chase Smith Library neighbor Colin Quinn. That year the Jimmy Fund became the official charity of the Boston Red Sox after the Braves moved to Milwaukee.

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