Tuesday, December 7, 2010

UNICEF Christmas Gifts that Give Back

Give a gift that keeps on giving from UNICEF.  In addition to the charitable children's organization's popular greeting cards (available online, at IKEA, Pier 1 Imports, Hallmark Crown stores, and by calling 1-800-553-1200), it has an eclectic collection of gifts from around the world including henna candles, hand-beaded Indian ornaments, Pashmina scarves, and baroque pearls.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF also offers Inspired Gifts, which allows shoppers to buy lifesaving medical supplies, nutritional supplements, and educational materials for children in need.

You can support the cause even if you don't purchase a gift directly from UNICEF, which has partnered with top brands including IKEA, Gucci, and FEED Guatemala Bags.  All of the money raised from UNICEF's holiday "gifts that give back" program will help the organization reduce the number of daily, preventable deaths in children under 5 from 22,000 to zero.

FEED Guatemala Bags celebrate the country's traditional crafts and sales help UNICEF combat malnutrition.  Sold exclusively at Lord & Taylor stores in the U.S. and online, FEED will donate $3.50 to $10.50 to help support UNICEF's nutrition for children under the age of five in Guatemala.

Until Christmas Eve, for every soft toy purchased at IKEA the superstore will donate 1 euro (approx $1.39) to aid UNICEF and Save the Children's education projects globally. In seven years, the campaign has raised over $31 million to support 8 million children in 40 countries worldwide.


On Twitter, follow @UNICEFUSA and find more creative ways to give a holiday gift that will save a child's life.

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