National Geographic : 1949 May
610 H. W . Tetlow from Keystone To Help Berlin's Needy, Americans Send Thousands of CARE Packages by Air Freight From a program originally designed for Ameri cans eager to aid relatives and friends in Europe after the war, CARE (Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe, Inc.) has grown into a huge general relief agency. Here a Seaboard & Western Airlines Skymaster unloads some of the 20,000 food parcels that reach Berlin every month. Since Russia blockaded the city, all such shipments have been flown in. Com mercial airlines handle this task independently of Operation Vittles. CARE's standard food packages contain 22' pounds of supplies, including tinned meats, bacon, margarine, lard, preserves, dried eggs, powdered milk, coffee, rice, flour, chocolate, and soap. Other types of packages contain baby food, layettes. blankets, shoe-repairing equipment, woolen suiting, knitting wool, and household linen. Most packages to European countries cost donors $10, but for gifts to Berlin $2.50 has been added to cover air-freight charges. CARE, operated without profit by 26 American welfare agencies, buys supplies in bulk, packs them in Philadelphia and New York, and ships them to 600 European warehouses for distribution. The organization guarantees delivery of parcels to anyone designated by the donor. Some recipients are named; others are described merely as "a blue eyed orphan boy," "a needy paralytic," or "the children's ward of a hospital."