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International Day of the Girl

Today is the first ever International Day of the Girl!  It’s a day where you can make a statement that girls every where matter and that we all need to stand up for the rights of girls worldwide.

According to the United Nations, the International Day of the Girl will “help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for the to show leadership and reach their full potential!”  

I think we are all in support of that… Happy International Day of the Girl!

International Day of the Girl is the brainchild of Girl Up, an initiative by the United Nations to provide a “for girls, by girls” campaign that brings together American girls to raise awareness for UN programs that help girls go to school, get medical attention, be safe from violence and to have clean drinking water.

Girls around the world have dreams and goals.  They want to go to school, be safe, stay healthy, hang out with friends, and have a chance to grow up and to fulfill their dreams.

Please consider joining the Girl Up campaign to ensure girls, no matter where they live, can make a better future for themselves, their families, communities, and the world.

Alone we are strong, but together we are stronger.

I encourage you to visit for more information and to join the campaign!

Follow Girlup on twitter:  @Girlup

Also, make sure you check out Victoria Justice’s interview on Girl up: Victoria Justice for All


Happy International Day of the Girl!


Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

It is almost that time of year again… HALLOWEEN!  I am sure your kids are getting excited about picking out their costumes and going Trick or Treating.  But, this year, maybe you should try something different…



How about Trick or Treating for UNICEF? 


Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is one of the longest-running child volunteer programs in the United States.  It has been active for over 60 years and encourages children of all ages to raise funds for children around the world.


In the past 62 years, over $167 million dollars have been raised during Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and the money has been able to provide health care, immunizations, safe drinking water, sanitation, nutrition, education, and other services to children in 190 countries and territories!


Check out more of UNICEF’s Trick-or-Treat history here.


So, by now you are asking yourself, “What can I do to help?”  Easy peasy, as my kids would say.


Visit the UNICEF website and request your collection box kit.  The kit includes the collection boxes, educational materials, a poster, stickers, and a DVD with more information.


The cool part?  This year, UNICEF is sponsoring the first ever Box Design Contest!  Kids are encouraged to design and submit the design for a collection box.  There is a “blank” box in your kit.  A winning design will chose from each age category (4-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13 years+) and they will be used for next year’s boxes!  The contest runs from September 1st -October 26th and the winners will be announced October 31st.


Want some other ways you can help?


You can create a personal fundraising page and collect donations online from family and friends!


You can text the word “TOT” to UNICEF (864233) to make a one-time $10.00 donation to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF*.


Donate online at the secure donation site.


Check out this October activity calendar for ideas to share with your children.


You can also check out this page for more resources and ideas/tips on raising money for UNICEF.



I BELIEVE IN ZERO.  I believe in zero starving children.  I believe in zero exploited children.  I believe in zero preventable child deaths. 


Won’t you join me?


Help spread the word!
Like UNICEF on Facebook!
Follow @UNICEFUSA on Twitter!
Follow @UNICEFUSA on Instragram
Follow along at Pinterest


Use #ToT4UNICEFwhen on Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest!


So… hook up with UNICEF on all your favorite social media, check out their website, order your collection kit, design your box and get out there!


Note:  90.5 cents of every dollar UNICEF receives go to programs that help children. (Source:

*A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.  All donations must be authorized by the account holder.  All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider.  Service is available on most carriers.  Donations are collected for the benefit of “U.S. Fund for UNICEF” by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at  Messaging and data rates may apply.  You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code “864233”; texts HELP to “864233” for additional assistance.

Global Team of 200

You might have noticed my new button on the right side.  I am a member of the Global Team of 200.  We are an elite group of bloggers and members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that will be working on issues relating to women and girls, children, world hunger, and maternal health.

Our motto is:

Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.

I am honored and proud to be chosen as a member of this specialized group.  I hope you will help spread the word about the issues I will be blogging about throughout the year.