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Five quick UNICEF gifts that give back

Save a child from the most heart-breaking causes of death: preventable ones 

Famine to war to hurricanes, when disaster hits, children suffer. Through a quick online purchase at UNICEF Canada’s online Survival Gifts store you can save a child from the most heart-breaking causes of death: preventable ones.

Buy a UNICEF Survival Gift on behalf of a friend or loved one and the recipient receives a card or e-card that celebrates the good their gift is doing. Real items are then shipped from the UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark—the world’s largest humanitarian warehouse—directly to the most vulnerable children and families in 140 developing countries.

Last year, Canadians bought more than 37 million Survival Gifts.


Five gifts that give back

For Canadians looking for a convenient way to make a meaningful impact, UNICEF Canada recommends these five life-saving gifts:

1. Bed Nets

Malaria accounts for 800 child deaths a day in Africa. An insecticide-treated mosquito net is the most effective way to protect and save young lives. A set of three bed nets is $11.

2. Plumpy’Nut®

You can boost a malnourished child’s chance of survival with Plumpy’Nut®, a therapeutic, peanut-based food. Three packets a day can help an undernourished child gain up to two pounds in one week, effectively saving their life. A 21 pack is $12.

3. Water Purification Tablets

Diarrhea remains a leading killer of young children. The gift of clean water for drinking and bathing can mean the difference between life and death for a child. 4,832 tablets are $31.

4. Restock an Emergency Medical Centre

From the onset of crises, UNICEF is among the first to arrive with help. We support emergency medical centres, which provide vital medical supplies to save children’s lives. $52 restocks an entire centre.

5. Vaccine Pack

When we vaccinate kids, we protect them from a host of deadly diseases like tetanus, measles and polio. You can help make sure fewer children die from preventable causes. One pack is $47.

The UNICEF Survival Gifts online store is open 24 hours a day and features more than 60 life-saving items for quick sale. To shop, visit:

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