Halloween is fast approaching and if you’re like many parents, you have a tween who is balancing the decision of whether or not to go Trick-or-Treating this year. They love the fun of dressing up in costume and getting together with their friends, but they’re a little old for going door-to-door asking for candy. A wonderful solution that satisfies the need for fun and also delivers an impressive level of mature service is to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
What is Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF?
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is an activity founded in 1950 by Mary Emma Allison of Philadelphia. Instead of (or in addition to) asking for candy, kids take specially-designed and decorated canisters or boxes door-to-door on Halloween night and ask for contributions to UNICEF. The tagline for this honorable service activity is “Kids Helping Kids.”
Since 1950, children in the United States have collected more than $167 million by going door-to-door with the trademark orange collection boxes on Halloween and by holding related fundraisers with their school or other organizations.
What Happens to the Money Collected for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF?
UNICEF supports many initiatives throughout the most impoverished regions of the world. Among their focus areas are infant mortality, nutrition, disease, education and protection from violence.
One specific area of concern is malaria. This preventable and treatable disease kills one child each minute worldwide. Between 2008 and 2012, UNICEF distributed over 120 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets and provided malaria prevention and treatment support to over 30 countries.
How Can My Child Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF?
You can order collection boxes by visiting the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF website, or by calling 1-800-FOR-KIDS. Once you have finished collecting, mail your donations to: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF; 125 Maiden Lane; New York, NY; 10038.
Other Ways to Support Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
* If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF by credit card, simply complete and submit this online form.
* Take your spare change to your nearest Coinstar kiosk and follow the instructions to donate them to UNICEF.
* You can donate $10 by entering your mobile phone number into this field, and then replying “YES” to the return text. The $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill.
You and your children have the power to turn Halloween into something both fun and meaningful. What better way to teach your children about the importance of being a good world citizen!