Volunteers from a variety of Ventura churches will sell UNICEF holiday cards and gifts in the next few weeks to help pay for health care, literacy training and emergency relief in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
The cards and gifts will be on sale from today through Dec. 21 at Household Bank at 3310 Telegraph Road. Sales hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
UNICEF cards, sold worldwide, feature artwork donated by museums and international artists.
The design of the first UNICEF card was a 1949 drawing from a 7-year-old Czechoslovakian girl sent as a thank-you note to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. The organization had helped her Czechoslovakian family during World War II. The girl’s drawing depicted little girls dancing around a Maypole.
Proceeds from the sale of the cards go to UNICEF, now known as the United Nations Children’s Fund, to finance its worldwide humanitarian projects.