NEW YORK, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This holiday season, The New York Foundling, one of the leading children's charities in NYC, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have partnered for a national #GivingTuesday (Dec.3) campaign to help children in the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
In the spirit of giving, The New York Foundling will be extending their support by donating all funds raised on #GivingTuesday,which falls on Dec. 3, to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday encourages shoppers to engage in charitable activities and spend with a purpose.
More than five million children have been affected by the natural disaster and are becoming more vulnerable not only to disease, but also to trafficking, child labor and violence. As a New York organization with many Filipino staff and over a century of dedication to empowering and safeguarding children and families in need, The New York Foundling is committed to making a difference in the urgent, life and death circumstances of Filipino children. The New York Foundling asks New Yorkers to stamp their donations to The Philippines "from New York with love" through a combined gift from New York's preeminent children's charity.
"There are more than 5 million children in need of basic healthcare, nutrition and a safe place to sleep. The magnitude of this tragedy unites us in a human bond that transcends all borders," remarks Bill Baccaglini, CEO of The New York Foundling. "UNICEF is doing great work to help the children of The Philippines. For the past 144 years, we [NYF] have worked to help children across New York, so in the spirit of Thanksgiving and #GivingTuesday, we are proud to partner and help support the world's children."
UNICEF is focused on life-saving interventions—providing essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families. UNICEF is preparing to reunite and protect children unaccompanied by adults, and currently setting up spaces where these children can learn, play, and receive psychosocial support to help restore a sense of normalcy.
"The current situation in the Philippines is devastating, and UNICEF is working around the clock to help children and families affected by Typhoon Haiyan," said Leslie Goldman, Vice President of Program and Community Engagement for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "UNICEF urgently needs funding to deliver lifesaving emergency supplies to the hardest-hit areas and donations from our partners are critical in supporting our efforts."
New Yorkers can send a strong message by collectively channeling their support for the Philippines through the New York Foundling. To make a donation please visit www.nyfoundling.org/giving-tuesday on Dec. 3, and for additional information on UNICEF's relief efforts in the Philippines, visit www.unicefusa.org/philippines.
About The New York Foundling:
Founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1869 as a home for abandoned children, The New York Foundling offers an expansive array of services for underserved children, families, and adults with developmental disabilities. Whether it's an abused child in need of a foster home, a young mother who lacks the skills to care for her child, or a young person lost in the juvenile justice system, The Foundling provides the resources necessary to rebuild lives and rebuild families.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when zero children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.
SOURCE The New York Foundling