What does luxury mean to you? For a child in need, it can be as simple as the gift of clean water & food.
When Unicef asked me if I would be interested in helping with their UnBOX Possibilities campaign, I said yes immediately. We received a blue box in the mail, full of survival gifts, that you can purchase from Unicef yourself, online. These survival gifts, such as Plumpy’Nut, can mean the difference between life and death, to a child in need. Take a look at what we received.
The Survival Gifts We Tried Were:
1) Plumpy’Nut: This is one of the easiest survival gifts you can choose. It only costs $10 to send 21 packets of Plumpy’Nut to help boost a child’s chance of survival. Three packets a day can help a child gain up to two pounds in one week. It really tastes good too! It’s sweeter than our peanut butter we’re used to at home but more dense so it’s really easy to eat on its own. This is such an affordable way to help! It’s also a matched gift! This means that when you purchase Plumpy’Nut, Maple Leaf Foods will match your donation!
2) Therapeutic Milk: The therapeutic milk was certainly a hard one for us to get down. I found it tasted a bit like powdered milk (my children have never had to have that before either) and my children just thought it was really weird. Aren’t we lucky to be able to be so picky with our food! The therapeutic milk has added vegetable fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals so it’s so important for malnourished children. You can purchase 25 sachets for a donation of only $20.
3) Water Purification Tablets: I can’t even imagine not having clean water to drink when you’re thirsty. Or having to wait 30 minutes to purify your water every time you need a drink. This is something I think we take for granted every day here in Canada. My girls didn’t really like the taste of the purified water either, but I know darn well that they would drink it if they were thirsty! You can buy an amazing 2857 Tablets for only $19!
4) Blankets for Babies: This soft cotton blanket was so comfortable my youngest daughter snuggled up in it right away. As a mother I can imagine how wonderful it would feel to be given this blanket for your new-born baby. Not only would this gift provide warmth for a baby but it would provide a mother with a feeling of hope. Hope that she will be a good mother, that she will be able to provide for her child, with help, and that she and her child can have hope for their future. This gift only costs $22 for 3 blankets.
In 2013, UNICEF Survival Gifts helped children in 42 countries! 30 Million Water Purification Tablets were sent to the Philipines, 1,950,000 sachets of Plumpy’Nut were sent to Chad, 1194 soccer balls were sent to Mali and more! Your donations make all the difference in the world to children in need. Tell me, do you really need to buy all of those Christmas gifts this year, on your list? Luxury means having food and water to children all over the world. Please consider putting a Survival Gift on your Christmas list this year for one of your loved ones. Share with them the story of how the gift will help children around the world. It will mean so much more than another toy, I promise! My children are an inspiration to me, and remind me every day about what is really important in this world. It’s not about how much we buy…it’s about how much we give!
Take a look at this video to see how much your contribution is appreciated: