UNICEF Holiday Gifts Can Mean a Lifetime of Change for Children

       UNICEF Holiday Gifts Can Mean a Lifetime of Change for Children

Shoppers are asked to support children when purchasing this year.

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, June 24, 2013

NEW YORK, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is
asking shoppers searching for unique gifts to support vulnerable children this
holiday season by purchasing from a variety of products that benefit UNICEF.
From actual lifesaving items for children to name-brand options by Gucci, IKEA
and Montblanc, each gift has the power to make a significant impact.

"It's been quite a year when we consider the needs of children living in some
of the most horrific circumstances. UNICEF has helped address the needs of
millions of children caught in emergencies, like the conflicts in Syria and
Mali. I encourage shoppers to not overlook the world's most vulnerable
children and instead make them part of why they give this year," said Caryl
Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

By purchasing UNICEF Inspired Gifts for friends and family, holiday shoppers
can provide children in developing countries with urgently-needed items. A
gift of measles vaccines ($28.26) protects 100 children from blindness and
death; water purification tablets ($67.03) prevent diseases like cholera or
typhoid; and therapeutic food ($67.48) protects 50 children against severe
malnutrition. These items and more are available for purchase at

In addition, a portion of sales from each item sold through UNICEF's cards and
gifts collection goes to support UNICEF programs worldwide. Having pioneered
the sale of greeting cards in 1949 to help children in the developing world,
UNICEF now offers a holiday catalog that contains a complete range of
merchandise for both children and adults. Gifts include a hand-carved chess
set ($75) made of beech wood and nestled inside a birch and limewood carrying
case, a beaded brass cuff ($28) made with tiny glass beads and handmade
accessories, and peruvian fingerless gloves ($35) made of soft, finely-woven
Alpaca wool.

UNICEF boxed cards (from $10 to $20) can be purchased online beginning in
August and at Pier 1 Imports, IKEA, Barnes and Noble and select Hallmark Gold
Crown stores starting in October. Individual holiday cards ($2.50 to $5.99)
will be sold at Barnes and Noble and select Hallmark Gold Crown stores. To
shop online visit www.shopcardsandgifts.unicefusa.org.

The design by this year's grand prize winner of the annual Pier 1 Imports /
UNICEF Greeting Card contest, Atticus Silbaugh, age 8 from Shrewsbury, Pa.,
will be reproduced as an official UNICEF greeting card and sold exclusively at
Pier 1 Imports stores across the country and on Pier1.com during the 2013
holiday season.

UNICEF Partners

Education is a fundamental human right, and yet there are 61 million children
not enrolled in elementary school globally. Support from partners such as
Gucci, IKEA and Montblanc is enabling UNICEF to help children around the world
access a quality education, providing them with the foundation they need for a
brighter future.


Gucci's Creative Director Frida Giannini has designed her sixth special
edition "Gucci for UNICEF" Nice shopper bag. This exclusive version of the
signature Gucci Nice shopper features antique rose micro Guccissima leather.
Twenty-five percent of the retail price of each bag sold through May 2014 will
benefit UNICEF's "Schools for Africa" and "Schools for Asia" initiatives in
Malawi, Mozambique, and China. The education initiatives aim to provide
millions of vulnerable children with access to a quality education. Since the
partnership began, Gucci has donated $15 million to UNICEF. The "Gucci for
UNICEF" shopper bag will be available in Gucci stores worldwide and on

IKEA "Soft Toys for Education"

The IKEA "Soft Toys for Education" campaign is celebrating its tenth year of
supporting children's education programs. Since the campaign's launch in 2003,
the IKEA Foundation has raised nearly $74 million, helping improve educational
opportunities for more than 10 million children in 45 countries. This year,
from Nov. 3 – Jan. 4, for every purchase from the new "Soft Toys for
Education" collection, the IKEA Foundation will donate one euro (approximately
$1.30) to support UNICEF and Save the Children global education programs,
including UNICEF's "Schools for Africa" initiative. This year's new collection
will feature fairy tale-themed items, including the KRULLIG Elf Soft Toy and
VRIDVINGE Fairy Tail Wings, both for $4.99. For more information, visit

Montblanc "Signature for Good"

Since the partnership with UNICEF began in 2004, Montblanc has contributed
more than $5 million to support UNICEF's education programs for children in
Africa, Asia and Latin America. In Ethiopia alone, Montblanc funding has
enabled UNICEF to improve the quality of elementary school education for more
than two million girls and boys. Montblanc has introduced its latest
"Signature for Good" collection featuring special edition writing instruments,
jewelry pieces and leather accessories. For every piece in the "Signature for
Good" collection sold in the United States through March 2014, Montblanc will
donate 10 percent of the retail price to support UNICEF's education programs
for children. Collection items range in price from $210 - $805 and are
available at www.montblanc.com.

Delta Air Lines

SkyMiles® members can donate miles to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. To find more
information or donate miles, visit www.delta.com/skywish.


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.


Website: http://www.unicefusa.org
Website: http://www.ikeafoundation.org
Website: http://www.montblanc.com
Website: http://www.delta.com/skywish
Website: http://www.Gucci.com
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