CARE Then and Now: “I still have the labels”

The customs declaration on the package label

75 Years of CARE

CARE was set up in the USA in 1945 to send ‘CARE packages’ of food and other essential supplies to people in need in Europe after the end of World War 2. June Darby was one of the original recipients of these first CARE packages.

Mrs June Darby, now living in London, told us:

My parents and I received at least three parcels and I still have the labels and correspondence. We were living in Bermondsey, South East London, and the labels list the contents and are dated 1949, 1950 and 1951.

Customs declaration

There is a letter from Mr & Mrs Waller [from Seattle, Washington, USA, who paid for the packages] to my family in 1947... Sadly my parents are no longer with us. I am aged 74 today!

Handwritten letter

This story was first published in 2015.

Tell us your story about the kindness of a stranger

To mark CARE’s 75th year we want to share stories that celebrate the power of the kindness of strangers and inspire people to take action today. So if you have a story of how a stranger’s act of kindness, no matter how big or small, has left a mark on your life please get in touch.

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