Looking back on my childhood, I can’t remember a Halloween that I didn’t carry around a UNICEF box to collect donations along with my pillow case for candy. Now my kids do the same.
Maybe you and your family have the same tradition seeing as Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has been around for 61 years and has raised more than $164 million. Did you know it all started in 1950 when a family from Pennsylvania began collecting donations for children left vulnerable by WW II? And, did you know that in 2001 the program delivered messages to the children impacted by 9/11 or that in 2005 the money went to help those affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina? And did you know that the 4-star United States Fund for UNICEF isn’t the only charity successfully using Halloween to fundraise? The4-star Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network has a Trick-or-Treat for Food Allergy fundraising program for kids who can’t collect candy because of their food allergies.
So, as you put out your candy tonight for all the little ghosts and goblins, be sure to also have some change handy for the kids who are collecting for UNICEF or FAAN.