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Super Dads: protecting a son where safety is relative

— James Elder a father and Communications Chief for UNICEF’s Libya Emergency Response Team during UNICEF’s first mission on the ground in Benghazi, eastern Libya recounts his encounter with a special boy and his dad.

“I have seen too many children with injuries of war, but as a UNICEF employee–and a father–there is never an easy way to greet the parents of a wounded child. It’s not so much a case of ‘what if this was my child,’ but more of “this is their child.’”

This Father’s Day honor your ultimate protector with a UNICEF Inspired Gift of a first aid kit, a basic family water kit or a recreation kit to help dads in conflict affected regions keep their children safe. UNICEF Inspired Gifts are actual lifesaving UNICEF products that are sent to a family in need in 150 countries around the world. We will send your loved one an eCard or you can download a printable card to announce the gift made in their honor. Honor a loved one and help a family in need.

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Stock up on UNICEF Cards and Gifts

— If you love UNICEF holiday cards and gifts this is the perfect time to stock up on your favorites. Or if you have been eyeing a particular gift (for me it is the Elegant Silk Wrap) now surely is the time to get it. All UNICEF cards and gifts purchases help provide essentials of nutrition, safe water, health, education and protection to children in 150 countries around the world. Every purchase will help save a life.

Visit our website and click on the Sale section to view holiday cards, jewelry, totes and scarves for adults, books and educational toys for kids and hand made items to decorate your home now on offer at special reduced prices.

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All IKEA kids items to benefit UNICEF

— Attention last minute holiday shoppers! For the first time ever, from December 18-24, IKEA is expanding its beloved soft toy promotion to include ALL children’s items. For each item sold, IKEA will donate 1 euro (approximately $1.39) to help support UNICEF and Save the Children’s education projects around the world, including UNICEF’s innovative “Schools for Africa” initiative.

Over the past 7 years, IKEA’s soft toy campaign has raised $31 million to support 8 million children in 40 countries worldwide. You can help brighten even more young lives by participating in this year’s expanded campaign!

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A UNICEF holiday tradition

— Like many people today, I use email and Facebook to stay connected with friends and family through most of the year. But sending and receiving Holiday Greeting Cards is one of my favorite holiday traditions and one that I cherish the most. Since I live a couple of thousand miles away from my family (7,315 miles to be precise), sending holiday cards is a special way to let them know I am thinking of them.

Send a UNICEF Greeting Card this Holiday Season. Cards are available at Pier 1 Import stores nationwide or for order online. Every card helps save the lives of children around the world.

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IKEA soft toys brighten futures

— Did you know that when you buy a cute and cuddly soft toy at IKEA stores from now until December 24, you are helping to give a child a brighter future? For every soft toy sold during the holidays IKEA will make a donation of 1 euro (approximately $1.39) to help support UNICEF and Save the Children’s education projects around the world, including UNICEF’s innovative “Schools for Africa” initiative.

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A good cause gift card

— Looking for a unique gift idea? Live in California? If so, you’re in luck!

Our friends at Causes on Facebook recently launched a “Gift of Giving” Charity Gift Card promotion. And the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is one of 5 organizations featured as a great nonprofit to support! Choose from a range of U.S. Fund projects to raise funds for UNICEF… we’ll be adding more!

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