From December 1941:
Charity has a big place in Hollywood’s Christmas. The English group sends food and clothing to Britain, give gag presents to friends. Leaders are the Rathbones, the Brian Ahernes, and so on.
Last year Carole Lombard and Clark Gable sent notes saying they planned to give only to a local children’s hospital, and hoped their friends would do likewise–most of them did, too. Irene Dunne is closely connected with an orphanage and always takes dinner there with the children on Christmas Day. This year she is taking her daughter, Missie, with her to give each child a present.