The holidays are a time for giving and sharing. Hotel Grand Hilton Seoul has put together a holiday special package called Winter Story to help children from developing countries all around the world.
Guests can choose from the Warm Winter, Gourmet Winter, or Romantic Winter packages. Warm Winter and Gourmet Winter provide a stay in an executive room with breakfast and happy hour at the executive lounge. Romantic Winter is a special package that serves a Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz with a cheese and fruit plate in a Junior Suite. A little teddy bear with the Grand Hilton logo is given to each guest as a gift. All the packages present guests with a set of two UNICEF cards that have been put together with charity in mind, to care for and satisfy the nutrition, basic education, and welfare needs of children from around the world. UNICEF has been selling 180 million cards every year.
According to a marketing official at the Grand Hotel Hilton, “The Grand Hilton Korea has been buying Christmas cards from UNICEF for the last four years. This year we have planned a package event in which guests fill out their own UNICEF Christmas cards and become a part of the sharing.” The package event runs from December 1 to February 28, 2014. Reservations and other inquiries can be made by calling +82-2-2287-8400.
A UNICEF Card is a card for Christmas, New Year’s, and special occasions, and is annually designed and donated by renowned artists and museums from around the world. It is sold in almost every country in the world, and 130 million cards are sold annually, with the total proceeds from sales estimated at US$60 million.
Incomes from UNICEF cards are used in health, nutrition, basic education, and welfare. The history of UNICEF cards traces back to the 2nd World War, when a little drawing by a girl from a Czech village was turned into a poster and spread around Czechoslovakia. Since then it was printed as a card, and it has drawn enough interest from sponsors and organizations to be a profitable charity. As such, the UNICEF card was established as a charity, and since 1949 it has sold 4.6 billion greeting cards.
Sales proceeds from UNICEF cards are used to benefit children. Thus the UNICEF card is known as the Life-saving Card around the world.
Children from Seodaemun-gu’s public orphanage Songjookweon visited the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which was held on November 29, and sang heartwarming Christmas Carols. After the ceremony, a hearty buffet was provided as part of the holiday giving season.