care package


Definition of care package 

: a package of useful or pleasurable items that is sent or given as a gift to another (such as a college student)

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The two have since become pen pals, with Bacque sending words of encouragement after Messenger pitches, and Messenger reciprocating with care packages of Hanshin goods and Japanese treats. New York Times, "A 50-Year-Old Japanese Baseball Record Unites Two American Pitchers," 3 July 2018 In a desperate move, officials dropped into the shafts care packages stuffed with food, beverages, a phone, a flashlight, candles, a lighter and a map of the cave. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Tassanee Vejpongsa,, "Neighbors share songs, prayers as search continues for teens missing in cave in Thailand," 30 June 2018 Officials also began dropping care packages into the shafts in hopes the missing might retrieve them. Washington Post, "Lull in rain allows Thailand cave rescue to pick up pace," 30 June 2018 Joined by second lady Karen Pence, Trump also visited with first responders, stopped by an elementary school in the region, and loaded care packages at a nearby food bank. Kate Bennett, CNN, "Melania Trump will step in front of press cameras Wednesday," 5 June 2018 Comfort Cases on Thursday sent the Bristow complex 50 care packages; Jacoby said staffers plan to distribute the backpacks Monday. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Once a foster child himself, he’s launched a drive to show every separated border child someone cares," 2 July 2018 Leakes even thanked the mother of six on Wednesday for a care package sent her way. Dave Quinn,, "NeNe Leakes Shows Off Gift from Kim Zolciak-Biermann Days After Publicly Thanking Former Rival," 21 June 2018 Some Republicans, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), have voiced interest in a repeal, and others have talked about passing a health-care package in coming months. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Conservatives Make New Push to Repeal Affordable Care Act," 19 June 2018 Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown volunteered to assemble care packages for military members serving overseas. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "'We have your back': Ex-NBA All-Star Rip Hamilton furthers league's military involvement," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of care package

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for care package

from CARE package, a charity parcel sent to needy Europeans after World War II

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English Language Learners Definition of care package

: a package of useful or enjoyable items (such as candy or baked goods) that is sent or given as a gift to someone who is away from home

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