What does it mean to be a refugee? To be forced from your home, family and everything you have ever known?

As a mother, my most haunting dreams are ones where there is a devastating occurrence and I am forced to flee with my children. We have no money, no food and nowhere to go. I am powerless and it devastates me.

I’ve been a supporter of the United Nations High Council for Refugees (USA for UNHCR) for years. I was introduced to their work after reading Angelina Jolie’s field mission journals as Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR. Her descriptions of the plight of refugees across the world moved me to tears.

This December USA for UNHCR is commemorating 60 years of working to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees and internally displaced people.  At this very moment more than 43 million refugees are displaced by war, violence or persecution. That’s nearly the combined populations of New York and Texas. Approximately 41% of the world’s refugees are children under the age of 18, 11% are under the age of 5. 47% of refugees are women and girls.

This holiday, YOU have the power to make a difference and unlock a better future for refugees around the world.

USA for  UNHCR launched an initiative called the Blue Key campaign to give the refugees in their care a VOICE. More than 6,000 UNHCR staffers worldwide give refugees the food, shelter and care that they need, opening doors to a new life; the doors that, unexpectedly, and through no fault of their own, were closed.

The Blue Key campaign’s goal is simple: to spread awareness and grow support for this critical issue by getting 6,000 people in the US to sign up for their own Blue Key by December 31, 2011. At the moment I write this, 5,319 refugee’s lives have been improved. So close!

Won’t you consider helping?

  • Get a blue key. The cost of a key is so small – $5. The act of support is powerful. The key symbolizes our power to help refugees open the door to a new home and a new future.
  • Help by spreading the word about the blue key campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Follow the cause on Facebook to get updates on their work –  USA for UNHCR on Facebook.
  • If you are in Frederick, MD on December 15, attend the Social Media Club’s Tweet Drive , donate and get your blue key at that event.