Well I did it – I made a vlog! And yes I say ummm. A lot. So I apologize in advance for my awkwardness. Although I’m pretty comfortable with public speaking, being video taped is well outside of my comfort zone. But I have something that is really special that I want to share with you and words just didn’t seem like enough. If a picture is worth a thousand words I wonder how many words a 6 minute video is worth? So, sit back and watch the video and we will talk more after.
Are you still here? Awesome! I’d love to talk to you a little more about UNICEF’s survival gifts and how you can get involved and give someone the gift of survival.
In October I attended Blissdom Canada for the second year. I was really stoked to see that UNICEF had returned (thank you to Beach Mama for the photo). Helping those in need is something that I am very passionate about and I was excited to speak with the awesome UNICEF folks about the work they are doing and how I could get involved. That’s when we started talking about unBOXPossibilites.
There are a lot of great organizations out there that are doing amazing work helping people around the word. I support several of them. One of the reasons that UNICEF has a special place in my heart is because of their strong focus on helping children. For 69 years UNICEF has been working hard to help children survive. Yes that’s right. Survive. How do you feel when you read a statement like that? When we think of our own children we think about our hopes and dreams for them. We want them to grow up strong and healthy with goals and dreams of their own. For the most part we don’t have to spend a lot of time worrying about their basic survival. Are they warm enough? Are they starving? Do they have clean, safe water to drink? But for millions of kids around the world it’s a different story. Yes they have dreams, and their parents have dreams for them. But first and foremost they need to survive. They need the basic things that we take for granted every single day. And you can help.
I’m going to throw a few stats at you now:
- 21 children die EVERY HOUR from malaria
- 17,000 children die EVERY DAY from preventable causes
- 1 in 2 of all CHILD DEATHS are from malnutrition
Startling isn’t it? But there is good news. And that good news is that there are organizations like UNICEF and caring, loving people like you that are saving these kids. And it’s not hard to make a difference. In the video above I shared a few of the survival gifts that you can buy. Like the baby blanket – for just $22 you can purchase three baby blankets to offer comfort and warmth to vulnerable babies. Then there was Plumpy’Nut. It seems like such a simple thing – peanut butter in a pouch. But it’s so much more than that and I’m not sure I can stress enough what a valuable tool Plumpy’Nut is in helping malnourished children. Just three packets a day can help a child gain up to two pounds in a week! For $10 you can purchase 21 packets of Plumpy’Nut. One of the survival gifts that keeps sticking in my mind is the water purification tablets. Clean water is something that seems so simple yet it is so essential for survival. But for so many people clean, safe water is a luxury that is not part of their every day life. These tiny little tablets can literally mean the difference between life and death for a child. For just $19 you can provide a family of four with enough clean water for FOUR MONTHS. Water to drink, to cook with and to clean with (yes you need clean water to get clean!). The last survival gift that I shared with you was the therapeutic milk . Much like the Plumpy’Nut, therapeutic milk also gives much needed nutrition to malnourished youngsters but this milk is designed for babies. The therapeutic milk is used in emergency feeding centers, refugee camps and hospitals. You can provide 50 glasses of milk to babies who desperately need it to survive for just $20.
This is just a small sampling of the survival gifts that you can purchase though UNICEF . There are many, many more. It’s really easy to find a gift that means something to you that can also change a life. From the basic life saving items we’ve talked about to helping a child get an education or providing birth registrations to children so they can access healthcare and not fall victim to illegal adoptions or child trafficking. Every dollar you spend literally changes, and often saves, lives.
With the holidays here most of us are in the giving spirit. We are out shopping for our families and loved ones. It only takes a minutes and a few dollars to give gifts that quite literally save children’s lives. Maybe you have someone on your gift giving list that already has everything – I think we all have at least one of those. Maybe a grandparent or that uncle that you want to buy something for but they just don’t really need anything. Giving a survival gift in their name is an awesome way to show you care without having to buy them something that’s going to collect dust or get shoved in a drawer. So go check out all of the life saving gift options and join the conversation at #unBOXPossibilities.