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Original CARE package recipient lived and worked in Atlanta

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Henry Wirth in 1951 and 2008 Henry Wirth in 1951 and 2008

One of the first CARE package recipients called Atlanta home for many years.

Henry Wirth was a Holocaust survivor. His family hid in Germany during World War II. They were in Berlin at the end of the war and were starving. Wirth survived and spent his adult life raising his family in Atlanta until his passing last year. Son Mitchell Wirth said the CARE package offered hope for his family.

"It was one of the few happy recollections he had of the war. He would recall seeing people shot. He would recall themselves almost dying in front of a firing squad. The happy thing was after the war, he was able to get this CARE package and it literally saved his family," Mitchell Wirth said.

Mitchell Wirth calls the CARE package a symbol of hope. His dad became a CARE donor and Mitchell Wirth volunteers with CARE and has seen firsthand some of the work being done in Rwanda.

Mitchell Wirth shared his experience with CARE as part of the nonprofit's 20 years in Atlanta.  CARE is dedicated to ending extreme global poverty and operates in 84 countries around the world.

CARE will celebrate Friday, Oct. 11 with an art exhibit celebrating the International Day of the Girl at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery from 7-10:30 p.m. Click here to learn more and to purchase tickets.

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