The holiday season is upon us, but for some children, gifts are the last thing on their minds. Children around the world are struggling to survive, particularly I areas hard hit by natural disasters, war, poverty, or drought. UNICEF Canada works to help children by providing gifts of survival that can help improve the living conditions of children worldwide. As a parent of two young children, I feel that it's important to teach them about the importance of giving to those in need.
UNICEF has helped make this a little bit easier by coming up with a short 50 second video to explain how we can give gifts even to those we don't know. I've included the video below. I showed it to my 4 year old son and it helped open up a great discussion about how we can help others even from far away. We also spoke about the children in need in our own community, and what we can do to help close to home.
The thought of how many children live in extreme poverty around the world can be overwhelming, but UNICEF makes it easy to help by creating a selection of UNICEF Survival Gifts that can be purchased online and will be distributed to children and families in need. Choose a gift from the category of your choice: Health, Education, Food, Water, Play, Emergency, or Greatest Need. Gifts can be purchased in your name, or you can buy them on behalf of someone else. For as low as $10, you can purchase items that can literally be lifesaving, such as anti-malaria tablets or bed nets.
The holidays can be a busy time of year for everyone, so to help make the process even simpler, UNICEF has created a simple infographic of the four most popular gifts Canadians have purchased in the past.
With all the excitement of the holidays and money spent on food and gifts for the season, UNICEF asks that you consider adding a survival gift to your holiday gift list. As little as $10 can save the life of a child in need. See the full range of gifts available at their site www.survivalgifts.ca