Mother’s Day gifts from UNICEF can help save children’s lives
What better way to honor Mom this year than to give her a gift that benefits UNICEF, a humanitarian group that shows so much motherly love?
The United Nations Children’s Fund works in developing countries to provide life-saving health care and immunizations for children, also supporting nutrition, safe and clean water and making sure kids can get a quality, basic education. UNICEF also helps protect children from violence, exploitation and HIV/AIDS.
The organization’s goal: To help create a world where no children die from situations that could be prevented. Now, that’s something all mamas can get behind.
Charity meets chic with UNICEF’s Mother’s Day gift-giving guide this year. The organization has teamed up with Gucci to create a designer tote with a United States flag displayed as an interlocking G (25 percent of the profits from the $895 bag go to UNICEF). Pop-star Rihanna has been spotted rocking the bag on several occasions.
But UNICEF has plenty of other options for every budget — even some gifts your kids could buy with their allowances.
With Mother’s Day approaching on May 12, we tapped Vijita Kumar and Wendy Miller, both from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, to give us some meaningful gift ideas.
ShopAtHome: My mom says she has “enough stuff,” so I thought I’d make a donation in her name this year. What kind of donations are a good tribute for Mother’s Day?
Vijita Kumar: I can’t think of a better way to honor Mom than offering a gift that will help mothers and children in need. One way you can do that is to make a donation in her name toward a UNICEF Inspired Gift. These are actual products used by UNICEF in the field, such as a Safe Birthing Kit used in developing countries to aid expecting moms during childbirth. A donation of $93 toward a Safe Birthing Kit can save lives by providing enough medical supplies and equipment for 50 safe deliveries.
Other ideas for mom may be a Child Survival Nutrition pack to help a severely malnourished child back from the brink of death, or a pack of insect repellent bed-nets under which mom and babies can sleep and be protected from often fatal malaria.
We will mail a card to your mom listing the UNICEF products that were provided in her name or you can send an eCard or printed card from our website to give to mom yourself.
SAH: What gift suggestions do you have for a mom-to-be?
VK: What I love about UNICEF Inspired Gifts is there is range of lifesaving items that help moms before, during and after pregnancy. Every mother wants her baby to be born healthy and safe and these gifts help ensure that one of life’s happiest moments does not turn into a tragedy.
Water purification tablets, for example, help ensure that moms-to-be are safe from diseases including cholera or typhoid as a result of consuming contaminated water. Hundreds of millions of people around the world still don’t have access to clean water, but these tablets ensure that clean drinking water is available to expecting moms.
For moms living in high-risk HIV areas, test kits can help pregnant women ensure that if infected they can keep themselves healthy and reduce the risk of passing the virus to their unborn child.
Once a baby is born, UNICEF also offers lifesaving vaccines to help protect children against infectious diseases including polio and measles.
Wendy Miller: I would suggest giving an expecting mom the Mother and Child Sculpture as a nice symbolic gift of her and her future child. The story behind these works of art is just as beautiful as the sculptures themselves. Artists in Haiti hand-carve each sculpture out of soapstone mined from mountains outside of Leogane, Haiti, where they’re from. Each sculpture is uniquely engraved with the artist’s name on the bottom.
We also have an adorable zoo animal bib and blanket set that you can give a mom for her future baby. The set is reversible, featuring an animal on one side and a combination of elephants, giraffes, hippos, camels and crocodiles on the other. Whether you’re shopping for an expecting mom for Mother’s Day or for an upcoming baby shower, this is always a great gift that also benefits UNICEF programs for children.
SAH: My children have saved up their allowance and would like to buy a meaningful Mother’s Day gift this year. Any ideas?
WM: First, I would say all purchases from our collection carry a special meaning because every purchase helps UNICEF save children’s lives. UNICEF offers a variety of gift options ranging in price. For a child saving up for a gift for mom, a nice token of appreciation is the Circle of Friends key ring or mug. These are fairly inexpensive and still provide Mom something she can use year round, which should delight both mom and the children.
Photos courtesy of UNICEF
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