When it comes to holiday gifting, each of us strives for that ‘wow’ result from the recipient. We want our loved ones to know just how much we care, with the representation of a gift. Yet, what if that present for them could be a hidden life-changing gift to others at the same time. Are you familiar with the gifts that give back?
Unicef Canada has a gifting alternative this year, perhaps you’ve seen mention of their #UnBoxPossibilities campaign. This buzz focuses on survival gifts for those people that simply want the basic necessities of life and not the latest tech gadget, jewelery piece and hottest toy.
Giving back is something that we as a family, do often. As a parent, I strive to teach my kids the importance of sharing, caring, and empathy – for themselves, the people around them, and for the world as a whole.
If you look on the grander scale, we are extremely fortunate here in Canada, and it’s fact that people in parts of the world are not. My mind always wanders to ‘what if that were my kid?‘, since I think it’s really the luck of the draw that we were born here and not in a place that requires one to seek out drinkable water.
It’s about being thankful for what you have and using our resources to say, ‘we recognize the need and are willing to help where we can‘.
Unicef has wide variety of survival gifts available on their site for purchase. While many donate funds through the year, I love the idea of actually buying tangible things to give.
So that afterward, you know exactly what you gave and how it helps those less fortunate. Here is just a small example of the survival gifts that can make a huge difference to those that need them.
- Keep vulnerable babies snug and warm with a set of six blankets. This gift will wrap babies in comfort and security, protecting them from cold and illness.
- $22 gives 6 blankets
- Boost a malnourished child’s chance of survival with this therapeutic, peanut-based food. Approximately three packets a day will help a malnourished child gain up to two pounds in one week, promoting health and well-being.
- $50 will give 210 packets
- Give children a better chance of good health. Anti-malaria treatment tablets help children fight this deadly disease that kills hundreds of thousands of children every year.
- $11 will give 113 anti-malaria pills
- Provide a family of four with enough clean water for two months, including water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. The gift of water purification tablets can mean the difference between life and death for a child.
- $10 gives 1428 water purification tablets
- Help families in times of crisis when they are cut off from food supplies. This effective, nutrient-packed gift staves off malnutrition in children.
- $43 will give 60 packets of Plumpy’Nut, 60 powdered milk sachets and 60 micronutrient powder sachets
When browsing the survival gifts at UNICEF, think of how simple these gifts are. Blankets, drinkable water, first aid kits … aren’t these the best gifts to give?
I urge you to check out www.youtube.com/unicefcanada, which shows the impact of survival gifts, and please support the #unBOXPossibilities conversation and help spread the word on these essential gifts that give back.
This Christmas, extend your gratitude to those that that need the basics of life – it’s what the season of giving is all about.
This is a sponsored post yet, as always, my opinions are 100% my own.