Nitsch’s family was among the first recipients of the original “care package,” a generic term now but one that originated with the humanitarian organization CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere), formed in 1945.
Life was bleak in the refugee camp, but the dozen or so parcels Nitsch’s family received for more than a year from the Peacheys, a Mennonite family in Pennsylvania, gave them some joy. Nitsch, who came to America in 1964, located the Peacheys about a decade later, and they have become lifelong friends.
So now he and other World War II refugees who received care packages as children are paying it forward by sending letters and other special items to a Syrian refugee child of about the same age they were when they were displaced.
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