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Catholic Relief Services

The world relies on American generosity

The world relies on American generosity

The Christmas spirit can do more than just bring cheer for the holidays; it can also inspire lasting peace and goodwill. During the holidays of 1947, Americans sent packages of food to feed hungry people overseas. These gifts not only fed empty stomachs but also filled desperate souls with hope.

Europe and Asia were still reeling from the damage from World War II and drought. Food shortages were almost everywhere.

President Harry Truman remarked at the 1947 Christmas tree lighting ceremony "For many of our brethren in Europe and Asia this too will be a homeless Christmas. There can be little happiness for those who will keep another Christmas in poverty and exile and in...