David Beckham, humanitarian

We love bringing you positive stories about sports heroes who truly are heroes, like Clayton Kershaw. Well, here’s another good one to add to your list. David Beckham recently received the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award from UNICEF for his work around the globe helping save and improve the lives of children. Cheers to you, David.

Donate Double

Until Midnight tonight, any donation you make to UNICEF to save children’s lives is doubled. So even if you can just spare $10.00 – that turns into $20.00. Do you know far $20.00 (or a little more?) will go? You can give here.

A chance to do something really special this holiday season

You can save hundreds or thousands of lives with a simple donation to UNICEF. Now wouldn’t that brighten your holiday season? From Carolyn Stern, UNICEF President:

I can’t remember when kids were up against these kinds of odds:

Escalating violence in Syria and Iraq. Hunger near famine-levels in South Sudan. Ebola still spreading in West Africa.

Countless children in peril.

UNICEF is racing to save them – but we need your help.

Thankfully, some good news: Starting today until midnight December 31 – every dollar you give will be DOUBLED up to $1 MILLION thanks to an anonymous group of donors.

It’s the single, largest matching gift this year, and it came just in time. Far more children need help than we have resources. This gift will allow UNICEF to reach so many of them – if you join us!

Donate before December 31 and every dollar you give will be DOUBLED – up to $1 million. 100% of your gift is tax-deductible.

All receiving the most dire designation by the UN. Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Ebola, and Central African Republic: If these were earthquakes, they’d all be a 9 on the Richter Scale.

But you + UNICEF = relief on a massive scale. UNICEF can deliver lifesaving relief, to any child, almost anywhere in the world, in just 72 hours. All that’s needed is your help, and UNICEF can rush:

  • Fortified food to children wasting away from hunger – sweet, nutty and packed with nutrients, therapeutic food tastes great and can breath life back into a severely malnourished child. It’s exactly what tens of thousands of kids need right now in South Sudan.
  • Blankets, winter clothes and shoes to freezing kids fleeing conflict in Syria and Iraq – Kids who fled violence wearing only summer clothes don’t stand a chance against the winter’s frigid cold and freezing rain. Winter Kits keep kids warm.
  • Clean water for sick, dehydrated children – nothing is more important to a child’s survival. That’s why UNICEF leads on water no matter the crisis: trucking in water, installing pumps, drilling wells or delivering clean water tablets and oral rehydration salts.
  • Vaccines to protect kids from killer diseases like pneumonia and measles – If all children were immunized with current vaccines, we’d save 25 million children by 2020.

Please donate now – help us rush lifesaving relief to desperate children this holiday season. Every gift will be MATCHED dollar for dollar – but only until December 31st.

And because 91.2¢ of every dollar UNICEF spends goes directly to assist children, you can be confident your donation is making a difference.

You and other supporters like you have helped kids beat terrible odds like this before. When famine threatened countless children in the Horn of Africa in 2011, UNICEF treated 1 million children with therapeutic food. Those kids are alive today because you and others believed that we could make a difference – even when the odds felt overwhelming.

Let’s help vulnerable children beat the odds again this holiday season.

With gratitude,

Caryl M. Stern
President & CEO
U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Help put an end to child trafficking

From time to time we’ll post on topics not related to youth sports, but which are vital to children. As many as 85 percent of children who are rescued from exploitation rings have had contact with child welfare systems, including foster care. Homeless and runaway kids face especially high risks of exploitation and slavery. This week, an important bill is before congress that would provide  valuable resources to vulnerable children in California. Take a moment to express your support of Senate and House versions of Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (H.R. 1732 and S.1823). By taking this action you have raised your voice to improve child welfare and protect children against child trafficking. The deadline is this Friday.

Your UNICEF donation doubled today

A few days ago we posted an urgent message from UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern about the major initiative for money to bring clean water to children in need. We provided a link to the CoachDeck UNICEF microsite where you can contribute. If you didn’t have a chance to chip in then, today is even better because, today only, an anonymous donor has pledged to match any donations dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. Read the message from UNICEF below:

Today could be a turning point for sick children desperate for clean water.

An anonymous donor has just pledged to MATCH all donations up to $50,000 – BUT ONLY until midnight tonight.

This is huge news and couldn’t come at a more critical moment. Clean water crises in Pakistan, Syria and Central Africa mean thousands of sick children will die without more help. UNICEF is responding to these emergencies, delivering lifesaving supplies, but a massive funding gap means that many children who are in danger will not be reached. In many cases, these children will have no choice but to continue drinking water contaminated with garbage and excrement.

FOR TODAY ONLY – Every single donation will be DOUBLED. This is such a critical moment for children dying from lack of clean water. Please help.

What you do in the next 24 hours could mean the difference between life and death for a child.


Caryl M. Stern