Holiday Care Packages

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Holiday Care Packages

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Three years ago, COVID-19 barred many people from traveling back home, and my roommates and I were one of those people. We all came from American Samoa, and while we planned to return home for the summer, thanksgiving, and Christmas, we could not do that. I remember working a part-time job during school to save up just enough to pay for my roundtrip fare, but unfortunately, COVID changed that. Although we could not have the chance to return home for the holidays, our families made it possible to bring the taste of island snacks to St. George with the constant sending of care packages. The photo I uploaded showed one of the many care packages my family sent me from home, which meant a lot to me. My roommates and I were very homesick, but our families came through with the snacks from home. I remember eagerly checking and refreshing the USPS app to track my package. It became my favorite thing to do during the COVID shutdown.

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This item was submitted on April 3, 2022 by Anasitasia Vaitele using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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