Out of War, Came Hope

75 Years of CARE

In the shadow of WWII a small group of Americans came together to help millions of Europeans with the simple, but powerful plan: the CARE Package®. This innovative idea sparked an American movement that would deliver more than 100 million CARE Packages containing food and medicine to war survivors and families around the world, along with the tools and supplies needed to rebuild their lives.

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CARE Package Stories

A Memoir

A CARE Package Legacy: Cynthia Pryor Coad

Cynthia Pryor Coad sent CARE Packages to her Polish pen pal after WWII. This is her story.

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CARE Package Recipient Story

A CARE Package Legacy: Heinke Clark

Heinke Clark received a CARE Packages a child in post-World War II Berlin. This is her story.

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CARE Package Recipient Story

A CARE Package Legacy: Renate Senter

“I am so grateful to CARE for that wonderful package which I will never forget as long as I live.” Renate Senter was a child refugee in post-war Germany when she received one of the original CARE Packages. This is her story.

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CARE Package Recipient Story

A CARE Package Legacy: Mitchell Wirth

“Receiving a CARE Package at that time ensured survival. And ensured that they could lay a foundation for a future.”

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50 Millionth CARE Package

A CARE Package Legacy: Eileen and Judy Gelford

Judy Gelford-Klos, with her mother Eileen Gelford, tells the story of the CARE Package they sent in 1963, which happened to be the 50 millionth CARE Package.

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The greatest generation

Leo and Helga: A CARE Package Love Story

The greatest generation gave the world the CARE Package. It also gave the world this beautiful love story.

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Messages to Syrian Children

Special Delivery: Letters of Hope

On the 5th anniversary of the Syrian crisis, CARE asked recipients of the original CARE Packages — once child refugees themselves, in war-ravaged Europe after World War II — to write letters to Syrian children whose families have fled to Jordan. The result has been some deeply moving connections between people who, though separated by decades and distance, share so much.

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1948 Variety Show

SiriusXM Radio Classics presents the 65th Anniversary CARE Package Special

To mark the 65th anniversary of the first CARE Package, Sirius XM RadioClassics Channel 82 featured an original half-hour special where host Greg Bell talks with Scott Thigpen, Director of Media & Advertising for CARE.

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More CARE Package Videos

Generosity in a Box

The Power of a Box

After World War II, the original CARE Package harnessed the power of generosity in a box. It changed the world by delivering food that relieved suffering across a devastated Europe. Seventy years later, the CARE Package has evolved and today powers change in new, lasting ways for the people who need it most. Here’s the extraordinary story of an ordinary box narrated by award-winning actor Matt Dillon.

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Send A CARE Package Today

COVID-19 Response PSA

The coronavirus outbreak is stretching the coping capacity of even the best prepared countries. The world has barely come to grips with how the coronavirus threatens the world’s poorest communities.

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Send A CARE Package Today

Your donation can send a CARE Package® to people in need

The coronavirus outbreak is stretching the coping capacity of even the best prepared countries. The world has barely come to grips with how the coronavirus threatens the world’s poorest communities.

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American generosity

Michelle Nunn on the Domestic CARE Package®

Michelle Nunn, CEO of international humanitarian organization, CARE, shares the story of the founding of the CARE Package.

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