Short for in the care of or similar phrase.
- (mail) For distribution by (the named intermediary).
- Could you please send this package to Mr. John Smith, care of the Northwest Shelter?
Care of, usually abbreviated as ℅ on envelopes, signifies an intermediary who is responsible for transferring a piece of mail between the postal system and the final addressee. For example, when the addressee has no standard address, is under a corporate mail system, or is being manually forwarded mail sent to a more accessible location. An example:
℅ Northwest Shelter
123 Emerson Dr
Springfield CA 94301