National Geographic : 1996 Feb
IN1946 I RECEIVED SOMETHING FROM AMERICA THAT ICARRY WITH ME TO THIS DAY. The entire city was devastated. There was nothing left. Thousands of people searchingfor lost children. Thousands of children, wandering the streets. Mother and I lived in the basement of a bombed-out house. There was nothing to eat. Nothing to wear No fuel for heat or cooking. We gathered beechnuts in the forest to keep us alive. One day we heard there was a CARE Packagefor us from afriend in America'. We didn't know anybody in America. But we went to pick it up. It was so heavy we could barely carry it home. When we opened it, it was like mannafrom heaven. Inside was bacon. And flour. Oleomargarine. Real coffee. And peanut butter! We didn't know what that was. We were shocked later to learn you were supposed to spread it on bread. Each night I would have a little from a spoon, for dessert. I B never met thefriend in America who sent us that first package. But, 50 years later, I carry that person in my heart. Because CARE® gave us more thanfood. They gave us back our self-esteem. Today, with wars and famine all over the globe, CARE is more important than ever They save lives every day with food. But CARE also provides training and basic tools so people learn to feed themselves. CARE empowers people to regain control of their own lives. And CARE allocates 92% of all its expenditures to relief and development programs. Believe me, I know what it feels like to need that help.We always thought of CARE as the organization that brings hope to people. That brings peace to people. That will eliminate the F I F T Y hunger I give to CARE CARI because I've neverforgotten. YEARS IT'S TIME TO CARE. AGAIN. Formore information call 1 800 521-CARE, ext. 521,or write: CARE, 151 Ellis St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-2439. CAREandCAREPackage are registered service marks of the Cooperative forAssistance and ReliefEverywhere, Inc. (CARE).