On November 18, a magnificent crystal ornament began to illuminate the heart of Manhattan from high overhead at 5th Avenue and 57th Street. Enormous and delicate, the 3,300 pound UNICEF Snowflake is 28 feet tall and 23 feet wide and contains 16,000 individual crystal prisms. This glittering emblem and its crystals represent an inspired and committed community who have pledged to safeguard the world’s children. Like many events in New York during this holiday season, the raising of the UNICEF Snowflake inspires both celebration and contemplation. And while the appearance of the Snowflake symbolizes the commencement of the holiday season and serves as a tribute to UNICEF’s lifesaving work, it is also an acknowledgement of how far we still have to go.
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Call me ill-prepared, but for some reason holiday shopping is an event that catches me by surprise each year – as though I didn’t have the whole year to prepare. I think part of it is because I always want to find the perfect gifts for my family members and friends – one that is not just material, but that means something. If you have the same gift giving anxiety as I do, you’re reading the right post.
UNICEF partners with a number of the top brands to offer a selection of “Gifts that Give Back.” Whether your loved ones like handbags, stuffed animals, clothes, or experiences, below is a selection of holiday gifts that support UNICEF’s efforts to save and improve the lives of children around the world. This year, you can give a gift you feel good about.
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.
I tend to ring in the New Year quietly. No party hats, no balloons and no grand resolutions — just a quiet dinner with family. Since I have lived in New York City for the past 10 years I have tried Times Square with its hundred thousand people, but after that, realized it is just as easy to hold on to the holiday spirit at home. Whether at home or at Times Square the thought in my heart is always the same – how do I hold on to the warmth of the holiday lights until the same time next year?
This year I will do so by purchasing a Winter Child Survival Pack from UNICEF Inspired Gifts.
UNICEF’s Winter Child Survival Pack will provide a girl or boy with the supplies they most need to begin the New Year and survive the next 6 months. The pack contains actual lifesaving products that will be delivered to a child including Micronutrient powders that will provide essential vitamins and minerals to a child on the brink of malnutrition, immunizations to protect against measles and polio- two of the most common and painful diseases in the developing world and Water purification tablets to filter out dirt and bacteria from water so that a child can drink safe water without fear of getting sick.
So here’s to ringing in a New Year and a new decade! Purchase a Winter Child Survival Kit, select and print out a card and display it on your office desk or refrigerator at home to carry the warmth of holiday lights through the coming year.
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.