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Where’s the UNICEF Snowflake?

Throughout the holiday season, the UNICEF Snowflake is suspended above the intersection of 57th Street and 5th Avenue in New York City. It serves as a symbol of hope for children around the world, and reminds us to never forget the 25,000 children that fall prey to preventable causes every day across the globe.

When the Snowflake is taken down in mid-January, it returns to its just-as-glamorous home away from home… a cozy warehouse in Harlem, New York. Stored in five giant crates (3 branches per crate, and one for the core), the Snowflake is tucked safely away for the year with many of the other holiday decorations that transform New York City into a winter wonderland.

Anne Linder in front of one of the 5 crates that hold the UNICEF Snowflake.
© U.S. Fund for UNICEF/2009
Anne Linder in front of one of the 5 crates that hold the UNICEF Snowflake.

In preparation for its 2009 debut, the Snowflake will be inspected for damages. Any broken or damaged crystals will be replaced (a cold winter can take its toll!) and new engraved crystals will be installed.

The UNICEF Snowflake will reappear in mid-November; polished, rested and recharged for its light to be seen around the world.

Be sure to visit unicefsnowflake.org to learn more.

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Obama calls for steps that will help us get to “zero”

President Barack Obama has announced that his Administration is crafting a comprehensive Global Health Initiative. He is seeking an integrated approach to global health that will include, in his words, efforts “to combat diseases that claim the lives of 26,000 children each day.” He intends to invest in measures to “reduce mortality of mothers and children under five, saving millions of lives.”

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Hero or Zero?

“From zero to hero”

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Be social and save lives

Social networks are a fun way to keep in touch with friends and make new ones. They help share information that might otherwise have gone unheard. With 200 million active users on Facebook, at least 100 million MySpace users, and over 1 million Twitter users, we must share this vital piece of information: Every day, 25,000 children die from preventable causes.

We need your help in getting these 300 million+ people to believe that no child should ever die from a preventable cause.

A USF reimagining of the
A USF reimagining of Twitter’s “fail whale” originally created by Sydney artist and designer Yiying Lu.

Join our UNICEF USA Facebook fan page, where you can get the latest updates and information on UNICEF’s lifesaving work. Then, spread the word by inviting your contacts to support our Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, Believe in Zero, and Tap Project Causes. You can even spread the word about your favorite cause, UNICEF, and build a child’s future with the Super Poke! application. Why not dedicate your status to UNICEF and let all your friends know that you believe in zero.

Help us reach even more people by inviting us to be your friend on our UNICEF USA and Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF MySpace pages. Then follow us on Twitter and retweet our updates or start your own conversation about UNICEF’s work.

Be social. Save lives. It’s as simple as that.

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Malaria 101

Today, April 25, is World Malaria Day. You might not be all that familiar with malaria. After all, the disease was stamped out in the United States by 1951. But malaria remains a massive

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Twittering from the Milken Conference

— I’m packing my bags and heading to L.A. for the 2009 Milken Institute Global Conference.

The global financial downturn is sure to be a major theme of the discussions and debates

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