West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging local residents who received a CARE package or if they know someone who did as Britain emerged from the end of second world war to share their memories to mark the 70th anniversary of of CARE International.
The Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe (CARE) is one of the world’s leading aid agencies. Its origins are in 1945 with American citizens paying $10 to send a CARE Package to someone in what was war-torn Europe. To commemorate these acts of one one person supporting another person thousands of miles away in the time of need, CARE are seeking people to record their recollections of receiving one of the packages containing corned beef tinned fruit, sugar and dried milk.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I would encourage West Lancashire residents who did receive a CARE Package to share their experiences as part of the CARE Then and Now campaign.
“In the aftermath of the second world ward tends of thousands of Britons received packages containing food supplies from Americans.
“As Britain emerged from six years of war many families will have relied on these food parcels to get by.
“There will have been items in these packages that young children would have been seeing and eating for the first time having lived with rationing.
“These stories are all part of our social history and need to be told so future generations understand the struggles previous generations endured and that those able to help them did so through many acts of human kindness.
“Whilst the world has changed considerably in 70 years but this anniversary commemorating the acts of thousands of Americans offering kindness and support to those affected by war is a timely reminder.”
For more information and to tell your story you can visit CARE International’s website www.careinternational.org.uk where you can complete and submit a form. Alternatively, you can call on 0800 320 2233.