The scene is familiar: fire crackling, Christmas music humming, Aunt Millie peeling wrapping paper off a garden gnome with an unnaturally coquettish expression. This year, why not put an end to this depressing Christmas tradition with UNICEF’s Inspired Gifts and donate supplies to a child in need in the name of a family member, friend or Secret Santee?
The gifts are incredibly simple to buy: just go to www.sannargjafir.is (“True Gifts”), pick a gift from the website, and personalise a gift card. UNICEF will then send the supplies to a child in need and a gift card to the friend or family member in whose name you gave the donation. There is plenty of stuff to choose from, with anything from winter jackets to water pumps, vaccinations to peanut butter bars.
UNICEF provides aid to over 196 countries and territories, so your gift, whatever it is, will surely go to children that need it.The gift of a blanket, for example, can keep five infants warm, while school supplies can help over forty children continue their studies.
Shake up the holiday season this year; it’s not that small statues, slippers and stationary don’t make for good gifts, but blankets, vaccinations and school supplies for someone who actually needs them will have a greater effect.