For needy children of hardworking miners, Christmas wasn’t red and green, it was orange.
That’s because kindhearted Sophia Georgianna Coxe routinely gave youngsters a gift of something they’d not otherwise see — citrus fruit.
Coxe was the wife of coal baron Eckley Coxe, and was known for being caring and compassionate, earning her the nickname “Angel of the Anthracite.”
She knew that miners lived a meager existence. Life was difficult for mining families, including young children, and Christmas could be a difficult time.