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My Birthday Wish

If We Don’t Help, Who Will…If Not Now, When

Sunday is my birthday and I have a special request for you. Most of us lead a really comfortable life. We have a roof over our heads, cars in the garage and some source of income. Realizing many have faced job loss in the last year or so, we’re still doing pretty well. We have family and friends supporting us. And, even though we might not agree all the time, we have a government supporting us with programs that keep us safe and well.

Sometimes we need to first give thanks for what we have before we can help others. Today, I’m asking you to do just that.

  • It’s hard to imagine being forced from our homes because of bad government. But 43 million people around the world are not in their homeland because of corrupt governments.
  • It’s hard to imagine our children might have a better life if we send them away. However, around the world, more than 17 million children are separated from their parents because their families thought it would give them the best chance at a better life.

UNHCR, or the UN Refugee Agency, cares for 26 million people each year who are displaced because of strife in their country. Close to half are under the age of 18. In the past nine years five million people have returned to Afghanistan because of assistance from the UN Refugee program.

The UNHCR first helps individuals with basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. But their goal is to find places where the refugees can build a productive life and become an asset to society. There are more than 6,000 staff helping refugees in 128 countries. And a large number of refugees who are resettled come to the US so their prosperity does become our concern one way or another.

Here’s what I need you to do:

  1. Donate at least $5 today to the UN Refugee program to help refugees. Get your own $5 Blue Key today – it will go a long way in showing USA for UNHCR, which started the Blue Key campaign, that you care about refugees and the work UNHCR is doing to help them .
  2. Obviously, if you can give more, or buy extra keys, it will definitely not be wasted. There is much to do. Just skip your afternoon latte. You probably won’t even notice you missed it but the refugees in other countries will be grateful for the help. I bought ten keys this week meaning a family received a shelter kit so they have a roof over their heads.

The staff at the UN Refugee Agency are already doing the work as they been for 60 years. They just need your monetary support so they can keep saving lives and helping refugees around the world.

Together we can make a difference. Together we can affect positive change. Together we can…do just about anything we want to do.

Please help. Today.

Thank you for granting my birthday wish.

Photo: UN Refugee Agency
By |2018-03-18T22:55:58+00:00June 18th, 2011|Leadership & Networking|4 Comments

About the Author:

Mary Deming Barber, APR, Fellow PRSA, runs a strategic communications consultancy where she helps clients understand how to integrate new media into traditional communication programs. Mary has counseled clients in Tacoma, Anchorage, San Francisco, Oregon, and Colorado for nearly 40 years working with a variety of food organizations, several agencies, and as a key team member on two successful US Senate campaigns. 


  1. Shonali Burke June 19, 2011 at 5:18 am - Reply

    What a lovely birthday wish, Mary – thank you! Happy birthday – I hope you have a day that’s as wonderful and remarkable as you are.

    • mary June 19, 2011 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Thank you my friend. Happy to help with the cause. I hope we sell lots of Blue Keys. Have a wonderful day!

  2. @Nakeva June 20, 2011 at 8:01 am - Reply

    I appreciate your post and selfless birthday wish to help with the #BlueKey project! I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

    • mary June 20, 2011 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Thank you so much. It has been really amazing to be part of this project.

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