Do you remember when you were a child and along with carrying a bag or container to collect your candy in on Halloween, you also took along a bright orange box to collect change for UNICEF Canada? I sure do! It was actually my favourite part of Halloween. I knew I was blessed with a loving family and all the necessities of life (and more!) and it made me so happy to have a way to give back.
You don’t see those orange boxes around any more but that doesn’t mean you can’t still help UNICEF help children who truly need it. October 31st is National #UNICEFDay and I’m helping to spread the word. You can help too. Throughout the day, your likes, shares, and tweets on social media can assist UNICEF in educating others about how they can help out too. Even more so, though, what UNICEF Canada really needs are donations. Your purchases of lifesaving gifts can buy food, vaccines, educational materials, and so much more! There are seven gift categories so you can donate in the area which means the most to you: water, shape a future, emergency, education, health, food, and play. Gifts range in price from $10 (1 Bed Net Pack or 22 Plumpy’Nut® Packs) to $40,413 for an all-terrain vehicle needed to reach children safely in conflict zones and in remote regions.
By the Numbers: Survival Gifts Canadians sent to children last year:
Vital Water Gifts: 5,640
Educational Gifts: 6,780
Health Gifts (e.g., polio, measles, and tetanus): 14,293
Food Gifts: 7,279
Gifts of Play: 6,901
Canadians can purchase Survival Gifts now at www.survivalgifts.ca or by calling 1-888-777-0380. Whenever I travel to other countries, I brag about the generosity of Canadians all time! Here’s one fantastic way we can show it. Let’s try and increase those numbers over last year’s! Will you join me?
I want to also give a shout-out to UNICEF Canada’s amazing partners, especially Hallmark Canada. Because of writing this post, Hallmark Canada will provide 10 vaccines for children who need them the most! Thank you so much Hallmark Canada!