Christmas parcels

David Anstis and his mother, 1949Our family received CARE parcels three years running, at a time when rationing still obtained and food was generally sold unwrapped – let alone available in any variety. They were the equivalent of an edible Aladdin’s Cave of goodies, all in an exciting, travel-stained, stout cardboard box whose every space seemed utilised and in-filled with packets and tins.

The CARE Christmas parcels helped to show what life might really be like – well-nourished both in one’s stomach and in one’s senses. Positive!

David Anstis’s family moved from London to Somerset after the war