It's a merrier Christmas for families in Bel Air, Maryland, and Des Moines, Iowa, because three weeks ago on Allegheny Airlines stewardess named Cyndy Loomis left her Annapolis townhouse for Bombay, India. She returned with two young boys destined for adoption by the families.
Since 1975 Loomis has escorted homeless children to the U.S. for families who have made prior arrangements for adoption. The reason: as one of the few Japanese-Americans adopted in the 1950s (when Americans still harbored resentment fostered in World War II), Cyndy Loomis feels compelled to help other children grow up in the country she loves.
"I'm thankful for the life I've had in the U.S." says Loomis, adopted as a baby by an American Army officer stationed in Japan. While speaking to parental groups concerned with the prospect of interracial adoption, she began arranging transportation of children from abroad. Today the 24-year-old stewardess takes advantage of her employee travel discount and vacation days to pick up children from Korea, India and other countries. She has made about a dozen such trips, bringing as many as seven orphans with her at once.
On a trip not too far in the future, she intends to return with an Oriental little girl; on the line labeled "Adoptive Mother" will be the name Cyndy Loomis.