The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on December 2, 1982 · Page 14
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December 2, 1982

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 14

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6-B THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, December 2, 1982 Knitters Supply Sailors' Gifts NEW YORK (AP) — As the Christmas season approaches, several thousand knitters in almost every state step up their production pace. The volunteers make woolen socks, sweaters, scarves, watch caps and even slippers for the Christmas-at-Sea project sponsored by the Seamen's Church Institute of New York and New Jersey. Founded by the Episcopalian Church as a social agency to aid seafarers back in 1834, the institute has been distributing Christmas gifts to men at sea for nearly seven decades. This , year, according to Robin Pearse, who directs the annual effort from the institute's headquarters building at the foot of Manhattan, gifts will go to more than 10,000 American and foreign merchant mariners and naval personnel. Each will receive a colorful Christmas gift box with a hand-knitted garment, plus toiletries, sewing kits, stationery and Christmas cards, some of which are donated by corporate groups. During the past few months, institute ship-visitors have been compiling a registry of vessels that will be at sea on December 25. As they dock in Port of New York-New Jersey anytime before Christmas Day, the ships will be loaded with cartons of gift boxes for distribution by the captain on Christmas morning. Last year, the top 25 knitters alone produced nearly 2,000 of the more than 16,000 garments made. For some, it's been nonstop knitting since early January, using yarn supplied by the institute. OUTSTANDING LA PORTE teachers have been recognized by the La Porte Board of Trustees and include, front from left, Charlotte Byrn, Bayshore Elementary; Charline Russell, College Park Elementary; Barbara Summers, Baker Junior High and Glenna House, Reid Elementary. On the back row, from left, are Trina Shaw, Lomax Elementary; Gayle Jackson, La Porte Elementary and Brenda Clary, La Porte High School. Trustees have commended the teachers for their exceptional performance in the classroom. Mail Order Has Pros And Cons By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Shopping by mail can save time and energy during the pre-Christmas crush, but late deliveries or mixed-up merchandise can turn holiday happiness into horror. The Federal Trade Commission has a Mail Order Merchandise Rule to protect consumers. But the rule can't be enforced properly unless individuals know — and demand — their rights. The FTC says January and February bring the year's biggest volume of mail-order complaints. And it says most of the letter writers are unaware that marketers have specific responsibilities in terms of when they must ship orders and what they must do if they can't meet the deadline. It also is important to understand that the regulations don't cover everything that is shipped by mail. The rules do not apply to photo-finishing, to magazine subscriptions except for the first issue, to COD orders, to seeds and plants and to credit orders where your account is not charged before the goods are shipped. Consumers should keep careful track of when they place their orders. That's because companies which ARE covered by the mail-order rule must ship your order by the date promised. If no date is given, the merchandise must be sent out within 30 days after your order is received. If there is a delay in shipment, the seller must mail you what's called an "option notice," telling you what's happened and giving a new shipping date. The seller must provide a postage- free way for you to reply, accepting or rejecting the change. If you decide you don't want to wait for your merchandise, you have the right to cancel your order and get a complete refund. If you paid by cash, check or money order, the company must mail you a refund within seven business days of the time it gets your cancellation notice. If you charged the items to a credit card, the papers adjusting your account must be mailed within one billing cycle. If the delay is less than 30 days, you must notify the company of your decision. If you don't do anything, the seller has the right to assume you have agreed to the new date. If the delay is more than 30 days, however, the burden shifts to the company. If you don't respond, the seller must return your money by the end of the first 30 days of delay. Make sure you understand the company policy on returns in advance. Read the fine print carefully to make sure that the seller does not reserve the right to make substitutions if the exact item you want is out of stock. If you don't want a substitute, say so. If you have a problem with something ordered by mail, take your complaint to the seller. If'that doesn't work, try contacting the Direct Mail Marketing Association, a trade group, which has a Mail Order Action Line service. The address is 6 E. 43rd St., New York, N.Y., 10017. Ella Johnson of Pomona, Calif., a spry 100, who's been a Christmas-at-Sea volunteer for over 30 years, explains the dedication of the volunteers this way: "It's so good to know that even at my age you can make a contribution. They are lonely men out there at sea and their wonderful letters of appreciation make it all so worthwhile." Giving is a two-way street. Last year, the officers and crew of 52 naval and maritime vessels, U.S. and foreign, sent donations to the Christmas-at-Sea fund to show their appreciation. AIRMAN DARRELL D. Edwards, son of Bill and Lorena Edwards of Crosby, has been assigned to Chanute Air Force Base, Dl., after completing Air Force basic training. THE OLD HOME PLACE 1 The 'Unique' Shopping Spot for Christmas Gifts • Antiqii\es Shrffwl AnliMlt Porc*Wn DoJIt SMfc Flower Arrangements Folk Art Meal Blacks Breis Wicker Crytlol . 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