A CARE donor shared with us the story of her mother, also a CARE donor. Her mother passed away last April. This is what she knows from the stories the family told.
As a child, her mother lived in a displaced person camp in Berlin Germany after WWII and received CARE packages. Originally from Lithuania, she was one of 5 children, 4 born in Berlin, one later in the United States. Her grandparents and her uncle and his family (4 of the eventual 6 children) were also in the camp. They were in an American run camp which had better rations than some of the other camps.
The family would pool all of the CARE packages together to share. They would keep one or two chocolate bars and trade the rest for staples. The donor said her mother was particularly fond of spam her whole life (luncheon loaf similar to spam was included in the CARE packages) and always had raisins in the house.
The family eventually came to the United States and settled in Massachusetts. Our donor said her mother lived the American Dream, they were not wealthy or poor, but they were fortunate. The donor grew up in a little house and remembers that they always had boxes in the basement being put together to send to Lithuania for the "Widows and Orphans" association.
She said that she was taught "giving back" by example and that "sharing what you have" has become the "ethos of her life." She said she believes in leveling the playing field and she gives to organization which do that.