The children have already started to haul in ridiculous amounts of candy all around America and increasingly, the world! The sugar rushes are delighting kids and driving parents crazy, but Halloween can be about more than just candy when you Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. This week, encourage your kids to collect donations as they visit homes in your neighborhood.
A simple Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection box stuffed with coins and bills can make a difference for children here at home and abroad.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories around the world to save and improve children’s lives. Through programs like Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF they provide health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. In short, they make the world better for kids!
Four Fun Facts About Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
- The initiative began in 1950 as an effort by a family in Pennsylvania to assist children left vulnerable by the effects of World War II.
- Kids have been encouraged to participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF by such characters as Lassie, Kermit the Frog, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Spiderman and ALF.
- Beloved national poet Maya Angelou served as the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador in the 1990’s.
- In 2005, the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina inspired children in the United States to raise a record-breaking $18.25 million for relief through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
We already know that children can make a big difference in this world. This Halloween, let’s hand over the reins to our kids and help them see the good they can do.
Take Action Challenge
Participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF! Get your family involved, or a school group or club. There are plenty of resources available to help make the process easier. We wish you a safe and happy Halloween!