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Give the gift of hope to a child who needs it most

Valentine’s Day is just about a week away. This year, give your special someone a gift that’s more meaningful and with an impact that can last a lifetime– the gift of hope to a child who needs it most from Inspired Gifts.

Inspired Gifts is an innovative program that gives you the opportunity to purchase actual life-saving items that will be shipped directly from both the UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen and one of UNICEF’s many suppliers to one of over 150 countries where UNICEF serves. Inspired Gifts are actual items like warm blankets, water purification tablets, first aid kits, and oral rehydration salts.

Smiling girls carry blankets and other items they received during a distribution of newly arrived care packages for children, at the UNICEF-assisted Foye Zanmi Jezi orphanage, in the Lilavois neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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UNICEF’s Nadine Perrault on Haiti

UNICEF child protection expert Nadine Perrault was immediately deployed to Haiti after the earthquake struck last month. Perrault, who is normally based at UNICEF’s Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office in Panama, was sent to support UNICEF’s work on the ground, including efforts to identify and protect unaccompanied children. During her time there, she witnessed both horrible and heartwarming scenes in Port-au-Prince. Upon her return from Haiti, Perrault visited the U.S. Fund for UNICEF offices in New York and shared some of her thoughts and experiences in a video interview.

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Newsnet: As Haiti news coverage dwindles, UNICEF’s work is just beginning

News coverage of the Haiti earthquake and the fight to help survivors is steadily dropping off three weeks after the disaster. As many other stories vie for a spot in the ever-accelerating news cycle, reporting on Haiti is becoming more sporadic and less prominent. News organizations like CNN and The Voice of America deserve credit for keeping the story in play and for spotlighting the acute need for further assistance.

The sobering truth is that in the wake of a calamity as devastating as last month’s earthquake, it is usually weeks or months after the initial crisis

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NASDAQ and U.S. Fund put out call to action for Haiti

— A call to help Haiti’s children and families resonated far and wide from the heart of New York City’s Times Square last week.

On Wednesday, U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl M. Stern and Chief Financial Officer Ed Lloyd joined several key U.S. Fund partners to ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ Stock Market in Times Square.

“Last week, we witnessed one of the most devastating emergencies ever,” Stern told the audience, referring to the colossal 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12. “In the midst of all the sadness and desolation, the American people

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Why you should keep giving to help Haiti

Caryl Stern
U.S. Fund for UNICEF President, Caryl Stern

U.S. Fund for UNICEF President, Caryl Stern originally wrote this blog post for The Huffington Post on January 20, 2010. Please consider making a donation today to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children in Haiti.

This has been, without a doubt, one of the saddest yet most rewarding weeks of my life.

News from UNICEF staff on the ground in Haiti is simply heartbreaking. In crammed hospital tents

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Don’t forget to tune in to Larry King Live tonight

Larry King will host a special two-hour Larry King Live called HAITI: HOW YOU CAN HELP, bringing together celebrities and opinion leaders to inspire members of the global community to take immediate action in helping the people of Haiti affected by the devastating earthquake.


The special airs from 8 pm ET to 10 pm ET (US) on CNN. Campbell Brown will be reporting Haiti news over the course of the two-hour program and guests will join Larry King on the set and via satellite to generate support for UNICEF and the Red Cross.

Here’s a partial list of celebrities scheduled to appear:

  • Mick Jagger
  • Colin Powell
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Danny Glover
  • Jared Leto
  • Sean Combs
  • Alyssa Milano
  • David Spade
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Pete Wentz
  • Nicole Richie
  • Joel and Benji Madden
  • Christian Slater
  • Ashley Judd
  • Seal
  • Molly Sims
  • Jeff Probst
  • Tea Leoni
  • Russell Simmons
  • Sarah Ferguson
  • Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon
  • Ben Stiller
  • Benicio del Toro
  • Pras Michel
  • Will.i.am
  • Ryan Seacrest
  • Tom Delonge
  • John Mayer
  • Queen Rania
  • Ringo Starr

Are you on Twitter? If donating during CNN’s Larry King Haiti: How to Help tonight, use the hashtag #CNNhelpHaiti and you never know who might say thanks!

Make sure to follow U.S. Fund for UNICEF employee Richard Alleyne, who has been blogging from the field @Rich_UNICEFUSA. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for the most up to date info from UNICEF. We’ll both be tweeting live during the broadcast.

On behalf of the people of Haiti, thank you for all of your support! We hope you can tune in tonight.

Donate now to help save children’s lives in Haiti.

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