Tuesday, February 14, 2012

UNICEF's inspired gifts

Valentines Day Inspired Gifts Card

First two photos via: Beauty and Grace; Third print via: UNICEF

These first two delights may be cast as the most wonderful Valentine's Day gifts (do not the grocery stores seem like they are bursting with soft flower petals and pink ribbons?) but recently, I discovered a gift of exceedingly greater value. UNICEF challenges us to purchase gifts of far greater, lasting benefit than the flowers that will droop as the days pass or the chocolates (if you are anything like me) you will swallow whole in approximately 2.6 seconds. Of course, one need not wait for a holiday to give a gift such as Inspired Gifts offers, but if you are at a loss this Valentine's Day . . . why not consider this simple, yet truly meaningful and life-altering gift? Your gift may may be mosquito nets, soccer balls or even, if you are able, a motor bike! You can even purchase 50 notebooks and pencils . . . such simple items to you and me, but for a small child in need, these tools allow them to write stories and draw beautifully creative pictures. Such items enable learning.

Please read the description below and visit the link to UNICEF's Inspired Gifts here.

"Inspired Gifts is an innovative program that gives you the opportunity to purchase actual life-saving items that will be shipped directly from both the UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen and one of UNICEF's many suppliers to one of over 150 countries where UNICEF serves. While other organizations allow supporters to purchase ‘symbolic’ gifts, Inspired Gifts are actual items like warm blankets, mosquito nets, water wells, therapeutic milk, even School-in-a-Box kits. In a world where everyday 21,000 children die from preventable causes, Inspired Gifts can make an immediate and dramatic difference in the life of a child threatened by malnutrition, disease, unclean water, lack of shelter, basic immunizations and basic medicines."

Happy Valentine's Day, my lovelies!

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