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First UNICEF Greeting Card

The first UNICEF greeting card appeared in 1949, when UNICEF and the UN were still out at Lake Success. It was drawn by a Czech schoolgirl, Jitka Samkova, to express her appreciation for the food, clothing and codliver oil UNICEF had sent the children of her village in the grim winter of 1946-7. Jitka's card was privately printed by the UNICEF staff at Lake Success for their own use and subsequently launched a world-wide fund raising activity for UNICEF: hundreds of millions of cards have since been mailed providing about one third of UNICEF's annual income. 


In 1949, a seven-year old Czech girl, Jitka Samkova, painted a "Thank You" picture for UNICEF help given to her village.

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