For many, the holiday season can be a time of abundance. As we gather with family and friends to reflect on the past year, it’s also a great opportunity to give back to our communities. That’s why Spotify is teaming up with UNICEF USA to highlight Giving Tuesday and the annual Snowflake Ball, UNICEF’s largest event of the year. UNICEF is the world’s leading humanitarian organization for children, working in more than 190 countries and territories to help save and protect the world’s most vulnerable youth.
This has been a hard year for many children around the world. With a famine looming in Yemen, disasters crippling places like Indonesia, and a global refugee crisis sending millions on the move, UNICEF’s work has never been more important.
The Snowflake Ball, tonight in New York City, celebrates the humanitarian and charity efforts that UNICEF and its partners accomplish throughout the year by bringing together philanthropists and supporters from near and far. The gala coincides with Giving Tuesday, a national awareness day that encourages all Americans to give to charity at the start of the holiday season.
This year marks the 14th annual Snowflake Ball, which will be hosted by attorney and journalist Sunny Hostin. The event will feature a headline performance by Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow and a special performance by triple threat actor-comedian-singer Wayne Brady.
UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education. This year’s goal is to raise $4 million, adding to the $34 million raised over the past 13 years.
To highlight UNICEF’s event and initiatives, we created a Giving Tuesday playlist, complete with plenty of Sheryl and Ringo, as well as other feel-good songs from the Beatles, P!nk, Bob Marley, and Sarah Bareilles. So as the holidays pick up and the year winds down, hit shuffle and take time to celebrate the season of giving.
Feeling moved? You can be a part of the cause and donate here.