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TLC - Tender & Tea Loving Care

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As the Mom of 5 young children in the 70s and 80s, there were many days I thought I'd go bananas. The thought of having each off happily on her own, all grown up, at university or at a job was a dream!

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Of course, when they did each venture off, I missed them terribly! Care packages became my thing to do to appease my worries and to let them know I was still Mom. Maybe guilt played a small part! I tried themed care packages, nutritional gifts, favourite cookies, maybe deodorant and toothpaste. I really tried to make them interesting. I remember my third daughter telling me I could stop sending the elephants! Yes, I thought that might be a cute theme for her first year of college. Apparently she didn't appreciate the elephant knick-knacks, elephant-shaped notecards and the elephant charm on the end of a necklace!! I never could figure out why, but I eventually capitulated: No more elephants!

There's actually more of a history to Care Packages than a parent dutifully keeping in touch. In 1945, the newly formed CARE (then the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe) initiated a program to send food relief to Europe, where large numbers of people were at risk of starvation in the wake of World War II. Americans were given the opportunity to purchase a CARE Package for 10 dollars to send to friends or relatives in Europe. Packages were guaranteed to arrive within four months. The first of such CARE Packages contained items like one pound of beef in broth, 8 ounces of liver loaf, one pound of lard, one pound of chocolate, 2 pounds of sugar and much more.

As the owner of a tea company, my adult children remind me when their tea supplies are getting low. A care package is due! TLC, that well known acronym for Tender Loving Care is, for me, also Tea Loving Care. There's something about tea that personifies caring.

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In the spirit of caring, our team has been working on putting together a care package that you can order on our website and have sent to a friend or family member who could use a little TLC. We have a large and small care package. You can fill out a request form with directions for us to follow. We can make it as personal as you like for young or old, for a guy or gal. Come check them out on our website!

"The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort and refinement."-Arthur Gray


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