Letters to the Editor

Celebrating 70 years of CARE packages

This year CARE, the humanitarian organization serving 95 countries around the world that reaches more than 65 million people around the world and supports more than 890 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects is celebrating their 70th year.

The first CARE package was delivered after World War II on May 11, 1945 in La Havre, France.

Founded when 22 American organizations came together to rush life saving CARE packages to survivors of WWII.

These early packages were sent by Americans to friends and families in Europe, where millions were in danger of starvation.

Concentrating on work involving disaster relief, women’s empowerment, health, world hunger, education, economic development, poverty and social justice, today CARE remains the same altruistic organization serving the world as it did then.

At the CARE Celebration Conference, recently held in Washington DC, we were honored to have present one of the early recipients of the CARE package.

She shared her story of the excitement the children in her German village felt as the liberating American soldiers gave them chocolate and later the relief of receiving the first and subsequent CARE packages.

Her recollections of the joy felt, were as vivid as if it were yesterday.

We, World Wings International, the philanthropic organization of former Pan Am flight attendants, are proud to have partnered with CARE since 1994.

We join CARE in celebrating their great achievements these past 70 years.

Congratulations to CARE!

May the world still receive your generosity and unselfishness for the next 70 years.

Alicia Cubota Smith,


Florida Biscayne

Bay Chapter,

World Wings International,

Miami Beach