Mother's Day gifts help children across the globe

              Mother's Day gifts help children across the globe

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 22, 2013

NEW YORK, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The U.S. Fund for UNICEF
today announced a line of Mother's Day gifts that help provide children in
developing countries with a healthier childhood. Purchasing items like
hand-carved jewelry from UNICEF's cards and gifts collection, or a special
edition "Gucci for UNICEF" Boston handbag, will support survival and
development programs for children worldwide.

Shoppers can also choose to give lifesaving UNICEF Inspired Gifts like a Safe
Birthing Kit, which may be purchased in honor of mom and delivered to an area
of the world where access to health care for expecting mothers is limited. A
donation of $93 toward a Safe Birthing Kit can save lives and help babies gain
a healthy start by providing enough medical supplies and equipment for 50 safe

"Mother's Day is a time when we honor the vital role a mother has in her
child's life," said Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for
UNICEF. "At UNICEF, we believe that ZERO children should die of things we know
we can prevent and we know that healthy moms make for healthy children."

Each year more than 500,000 women die in childbirth or from complications
during pregnancy. Babies whose mothers have died during childbirth have a much
greater chance of dying in their first year. To shop and learn more about safe
birthing kits and other Inspired Gifts visit

This Mother's Day UNICEF also offers a variety of more traditional cards and
gifts, including Crystal Bangles and other jewelry, and unique handmade items
like the Mother and Child Sculpture made from Haitian soapstone and decorative
Wooden Pisanki Eggs authentically hand-painted in traditional Polish designs.
Individual Mother's Day cards are also available for purchase online or at
select retail stores, including Barnes and Noble, Hallmark Gold Crown,
Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Kohl's and Safeway. A portion of the retail
price of items from UNICEF's Cards & Gifts collection support UNICEF's
programs. To learn more and to shop online visit

For the fifth consecutive year, Gucci Creative Director and 2011 UNICEF Woman
of Compassion honoree Frida Giannini designed a special edition "Gucci for
UNICEF" Boston handbag. This new version of the signature Boston handbag
comes in alabaster micro Guccissima leather. Twenty-five percent of the retail
price of each bag sold through May 2013 will benefit UNICEF's "Schools for
Africa" and "Schools for Asia" initiative in Malawi, Mozambique, and China.
Over the past two years, the "Gucci for UNICEF" bags have generated more than
2 million USD for UNICEF. The Boston Bag is available in Gucci stores
worldwide and on

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries
and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing health care
and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency
relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through
fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are
working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and
every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, please


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