For those of you who don’t know, UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund established in 1946. UNICEF collects donations that are used to help children all over the world, including the United States.

UNICEF is a cause that is very dear to my heart and one of the reasons is that it is an organization that does not simply throw money towards problems, but uses a system similar to microfinance to build and run schools, provide medical supplies, immunizations, and a host of other things we all take for granted.

I wanted to help – and beginning with last year, decided that all of my Christmas gifts should be donations to UNICEF. Since that time we’ve collected $595 US dollars.

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I personally donate a small amount each month, but so many others – family and friends have donated as well. Donations are 100% tax deductible and you’ll be emailed a receipt that might come in handy during tax time.

My goal has been to raise $1,000 in the year 2006. I hope that we will not only meet that goal, but put it to shame by the end of the year.

I hope that you will all help, and put aside a small amount you are comfortable with each month for children in the United States and abroad.

-aop