Children for Change During Halloween – Halloween Fundraiser
For over 55 years, children have demonstrated their power to promote change through “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF,” which commenced in 1950 when a group of young Philadelphia trick-or-treaters, along with their pastor, began the tradition of knocking on doors for UNICEF on Halloween. Their ultimate goal was not only to satisfy a sweet tooth, but also to help children in need overseas. By holding out empty milk cartons, they collected $17 and sent it to UNICEF. The change collected that day has resulted in a national education and fundraising campaign galvanized by kids across the U.S., that has improved the lives of millions of children around the world.
“Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” offers children the chance to gain a meaningful experience during Halloween festivities, while still having fun. By first learning about the needs of children worldwide, and then filling the orange UNICEF collection box, children in the United States raise money to help children worldwide, and, in the process, learn the important role they can play in helping each other.
To help support the “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” campaign this year, the Pier 1 and IKEA will be distributing the traditional orange “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” box throughout the month of October. Donations can also be made through Coinstar, Inc., which owns and operates a network of self-service coin counting machines in major chains nationwide. Coinstar makes it easy to give to the UNICEF program by accepting direct donations through its network of machines 365 days a year.
Boxes and free educational materials will be available starting August 11 and can be ordered by calling 800-4UNICEF or by logging on to www.unicefusa.org.