The Waterloo Region became heavily involved in the Belgian Relief Fund during the war. Originally started in the United States, the Fund sought to provide food to German-occupied Belgium and Northern France. Although it did not garner as much attention as the national Patriotic Fund, the county raised a substantial amount by late November and every township in Waterloo Region contributed to the fund.
George, Nash. “Herbert Hoover and the Belgian Relief Fund.” (Nash, George H., Herbert Hoover and Belgian Relief in World War I Accessed April 19th, 2014. http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1989/spring/hoover-belgium.html)