As "Our Christmas Gift," The Vassar Miscellany Weekly announced that students had raised over $2,000 for an ambulance overseas and about $4,600 to aid Edith Wharton's tuberculosis hospitals in France. The American author, long resident in France, had declared in a letter to The New York Times in September 1916 her engagement with a "hardworking committee of French and American members," who intended to organize "a formation of American sanatoriums where French soldier affected with tuberculosis will receive the most modern and scientific care," under the direction of "an American specialist on tuberculosis."

"A cable was received this week from Mrs.Wharton in response to our promise to aid," The Miscellany Weekly reported, "thanking us for our interest and help."