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United Service to China
United Service to China, formerly United Relief to China, Inc., was a consortium of eight American agencies, including the American Friends Service Committee and the Church Committee for China Relief. Created to secure funds for relief and rehabilitation in China after the 1937 Japanese invasion, it also aimed to reassure the Chinese people of American goodwill, educate Americans about the situation in China, and consolidate American fundraising for China. It worked in medical relief, child welfare, educational aid, economic reconstruction, and direct relief. It rebuilt roads and buildings, ran refugee camps with food and clothing distribution, flew supplies into China, and cabled money to reliable organizations with trained personnel working in the country. RBF gifts to United Service to China followed naturally from the family’s long connection to China. The Fund supported the organization through 1947, when China’s political situation began to prevent effective relief from outside sources.