May 28, 2009 —
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.
|© 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.