care package

June 2, 2011 § 2 Comments

It’s hard to argue that care packages are just about one of the best things you could get in the mail. I used to love to get them in college, especially when they were chocolate chip cookies from Home. It’s been awhile since I’ve received a care package but this week I thought it would be nice to send one out to someone who really deserves one, my sister Whitney. Of my 3 sisters and I, Whitney is probably the most thoughtful. She’s always doing things for other people, on top of caring for my niece and nephew. I don’t know where she gets her energy sometimes.

She and her husband are on a serious cleanse right now on a road to living a little healthier. I figured they could use some encouragement and distractions to take their mind off of food. It is Summer and they were brave enough to start this whole thing on Memorial Day, one of the biggest BBQ days in the South.

Care packages were originally initiated in 1945 by an organization called CARE (Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe) following WWII to help those in Europe who were on the verge of starvation. The organization sold “10-in-1” parcels like the one pictured that had been prepared the invasion of Japan. For $10 Americans were able to send one of these packages to friends or relatives in Europe. The first CARE packages contained:

  • one pound of beef in broth
  • one pound of steak and kidneys
  • 8 ounces of liver loaf
  • 8 ounces of corned beef
  • 12 ounces of luncheon loaf (like Spam)
  • 8 ounces of bacon
  • 2 pounds of margarine
  • one pound of lard
  • one pound of fruit preserves
  • one pound of honey
  • one pound of raisins
  • one pound of chocolate
  • 2 pounds of sugar
  • 8 ounces of egg powder
  • 2 pounds of whole-milk powder
  • 2 pounds of coffee
Care packages have since evolved into many other forms, but they all boil down to letting someone know you’re thinking of them. Hopefully mine will do the trick!


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