CARE was set up in the USA in 1945 under the name Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe to respond to the devastation and scarcity World War 2 had wrought. Originally, Americans paid $10 to send a ‘CARE package’, containing food and supplies, to someone in Europe.
These small acts of kindness were an early form of international aid – delivered not just by governments but by people in one country to people in need across the world. For families who received a CARE package it represented ‘goodwill’ and a message of hope, delivered from someone far away who had a simple human desire to help them.
CARE has grown a lot in 75 years – now working in 100 countries to find long-term solutions to poverty and to support women and girls to overcome inequality – but the spirit of human kindness, present in those first CARE packages all that time ago, remains at the heart of everything we do.
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.