Finnish Appreciation for Hoover

In 1946, Finnish school children sent Hoover thank you cards in order to thank him for his efforts with the Finnish Relief Fund in 1940.

The Finnish Relief Fund was established during the Winter War of 1940-1941 to raise funds and gather donations that would be used purchase food. This food would be sent to Finland to combat the impending famine from the missed harvest. The Fund used a combination of private and public funding to raise over three million dollars towards food relief.

The gratitude of the Finnish people has been made evident by the creation of the word “Hooveri”, meaning to give generously. The word was created after his generous contribution to Finland during the Winter War.


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