Gifts for life

Unicef urges people to help the world’s needy

Editorial Staff
November 27, 2008

Wool blankets, insecticide-treated nets, rehydration salts, high-nutrition foods, vaccines and water pumps: these are some of the things Unicef hopes people will purchase for a child in need during the holiday season.


Gifts for Life, Unicef's 2008 winter campaign, focuses on items that are truly indispensable, even lifesaving, to children in impoverished or warn-torn regions of the world. With single gifts and gift combinations ranging from 15 to 1,000 euro, Unicef is appealing to a wide range of potential donors. Unicef will ship the packages to the 150 countries where it is working to aid children and their families, and gift-givers can track their delivery.


Because children the world over love to play and learn, Unicef is also offering soccer balls, crayons, notebooks and jump ropes among the ‘gifts for life.' See the full list at (Note that the campaign name varies by country: see for example, or use the country option at



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