This holiday season, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is encouraging shoppers to stand with UNICEF and give every child hope by purchasing gifts that support UNICEF's work to save and improve the lives of children around the world.
UNICEF Market offers handcrafted products that benefit children in need, as well as supporting artists from Asia, Africa and Latin America. From jewelry to accessories to home décor, each item purchased supports UNICEF programs that provide children with basic necessities such as lifesaving nutrition, medicine, education, clean water, emergency relief and more.
"Children are disproportionately affected by conflicts and natural disasters, as we have seen this year with drought caused by El Niño and the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis," said Caryl M. Stern, president & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "This holiday season, we are asking people to choose gifts that support UNICEF's efforts to help the world's most vulnerable children survive and thrive."
UNICEF Inspired Gifts, will also be available to buy this year. These lifesaving items can be purchased in honor of a loved one and go directly to help children in need in developing countries. Some examples include the following:
- Therapeutic Food: A "miracle food", this peanut-based paste can mean the difference between life and death. This gift provides quick, lifesaving nourishment to 15 malnourished children for five days ($70.20).
- Measles Vaccinations: Measles is still a leading global cause of vaccine-preventable death and disability in childhood. For $30, this inspired gift will provide vaccines for 80 children.
The UNICEF Kid Power Band gives kids the power to get active and save lives. By getting active, kids go on missions to learn about new cultures and earn points. Points unlock funding from partners, parents and fans, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children around the world. To date, the team has earned more than 12 million Kid Power Points, enough to unlock more than 5.1 million packets of therapeutic food – and counting!
For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.