As a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, CARE reaches 70 million people in 100 countries around the world. However, it recently passed a major milestone right here in the United States.
“I’m proud to announce that as of today, CARE has crossed the 6 million mark, delivering the 6 millionth CARE package right here in the U.S.,” President Joe Biden said during the organization’s 75th anniversary event.
“Each package provided that demonstrates our greatness as a nation is matched by our fundamental goodness as a people — people whose generosity help feed the hungry, heal the sick and lift up people and communities all around the world,” Biden noted. “This is truly a remarkable moment coming from a truly remarkable organization. Let’s remember. The job isn’t over.”
Under the direction of host Whoopi Goldberg, CARE’s virtual celebration brought together former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; poet laureate Amanda Gorman, Katharine McPhee-Foster, Jewel, Betty Who, Michelle Williams and the Northwell Health Nurse Choir for a slew of performances.
Aside from the intimate musical moments, the event featured CARE’s crucial work over the last three-quarters of a century. Early on, a conversation between CARE global advocate Iman and actor-philanthropist Isabella Rossellini highlighted the work done by Rossellini’s mother, Ingrid Bergman, during the organization’s early days. She brought packages to post-war Europe and starred in CARE’s first advertisements.
“CARE was something that I grew up with. I always heard my mom talking about it,” Rossellini said. “More than anything, she made me realize that it can happen to all of us.”
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