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UNICEF Christmas Cards

Updated on November 13, 2014

UNICEF is the United Nations Children's Fund, the world's leading advocate for children, it is in over 150 countries. It works closely with children, women and communities as well as governments, other UN agencies, faith-based groups, non-government organisations and the private sector on behalf of all children without regard to race, creed or religion.

UNICEF has the global authority to influence and produce change in local policy and attitudes, for the good of children and their communities.

Through contact with UNICEF the lives of millions of children have been saved or changed for the better. But the challenge is ongoing millions of children still need our help.

One of UNICEF project is selling Christmas cards in order to generate funds. These cards are more than a message or a picture. They support a cause, spreading awareness and raising funds. The proceeds from sales are used by UNICEF for children's rights, survival, development and protection. It started in 1949 when the first UNICEF greeting card was made.

Story of the First UNICEF Christmas Card

The first charity Christmas card was sent in 1949, it was designed by 7 year old Jitka Samkova of Rudolfo, Czechoslovakia. Her village received UNICEF emergency assistance in the form of food and medicine following World War II.

In gratitude to the organization, Jitka painted a picture of the sun shining on a group of children dancing around a maypole. She used a sheet of glass to work on as there was no paper available. The scene, she explained means joy going round and round. Her teacher entered the painting for a UNICEF competition and winning the first prize and was made into UNICEF's first Christmas card.

Why Buy UNICEF Cards?

  • $320 can provide 10 education kits for a project helping children who live or work on the streets in Lao People's Democratic Republic.
  • $160 provides a school scholarship for ten child laborers in Brazil or will cover school fees for 14 orphans for one year in Ethiopia.
  • $250 can buy three doses of polio vaccine each for 600 children n India.

Over the years, UNICEF have come up with an exceptional range of cards to choose from. There are Corporate Christmas cards and there are for family and friends.

Thousand of UNICEF cards are sold every year and the money raised from the cards go central pool in New York and Geneva and is dispersed later to our different programmes around the world.

Links where you can buy UNICEF cards

  • UNICEF Cards and Gifts

    Offering a selection of cards, calendars, and gift items. Proceeds fun programs to meet children's needs throughout the world.


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      MK 7 years ago

      You can buy Unicef cards at Pier One Imports

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      My name is Kehinde A. Balogun 8 years ago

      I also need Unicef cards but 'BRANDED'...branded like the one someone gave to me years ago, i was still a little boy then and she visits our neighbour in Nigeria and gave me the card. My name, printed at the back 'an animal kingdom card'. I'll like to know who sends the card to me & i want to do the same to other childrens too.

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      whatfie 8 years ago

      How do i buy Unicef christmas cards??

    • profile image 10 years ago

      Thanks for posting this message.

      By sending a UNICEF card you not only greet a friend, you also helping achild in need! Merry Christmas to all of you!

      Guy Henri

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      Merle Ann Johnson 10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well as much as I would like to support this (and actually have) I am now more committed to my country's children that are in dire need of help also..I have witnessed many things that upset me in my life...and I am for all children of all races and ages and creeds...we are all the children of God...the superior being...what ever you choose to call the  Almighty..the leader ..whatever... Your Hub is great...and I Thank you so much for your thoughts...You are great...G-Ma