I am really excited to bring this information to you about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
See, way back in the day….back in the 1970s, I did this! I remember it very clearly. Our neighborhood newsletter came out and they invited children to Trick or Treat for UNICEF. I have no idea why I had such a philanthropic spirit at such a young age, but I did. So I signed up–me and my BFF at the time Brandy. I *can’t wait* to tag her on Facebook with this post and see if she remembers doing this.
Anyway, we got our little cardboard boxes, we went door to door, which you were allowed to do in those days. Today, you have Mom or Dad set up your own web page to collect donations. My, how times change! We collected our donations, we turned them in, and we got a Thank You note with our names in print in the next neighborhood newsletter. If anyone has the archives or old copies of the Ancient Oaks (Macungie, PA) Women’s Association Newsletter, I will fall out of my chair, really! But I distinctly remember seeing only our two names and thinking “Why didn’t more people want to do this?”
Well, for as disappointed as I was that more people didn’t help, lots of others have.
- Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is one of the longest-running youth volunteer initiatives in America. For 62 years, it has helped motivate kids to become active global citizens while teaching the fundamental value of helping others.
- Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF encourages kids of all ages to help raise funds for their peers in developing countries by going door-to-door on Halloween night or participating in other festive fundraising activities.
- Through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, more than $167 million has been raised, providing children in 190 countries and territories with much-needed health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.
So now it is my mission to recruit more people to do this. While it’s easy to get caught up in the problems in our country, we have to remember that there are children in other countries with many more challenges.In some countries, more than half of the children are hungry, every day. Some countries have an astronomically high orphan rate. They have challenges and live lives we can’t even begin to comprehend.
New this year–a program to involve kids and schools. From August through October 2013, teachers are asked to document how students are helping kids across the globe through the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign and then submit their entries online beginning Nov. 1, 2013 to Jan. 31, 2014. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges who will announce the winners in spring 2014. Five Grand-Prize Winners will be selected to travel on a UNICEF field visit to a location that will be announced later this year. They will also be awarded $1,000 cash grants for their classroom. In addition, 10 secondary winners will also each receive the cash grant award. Fifty Merit Winners will receive a Cricut® Expression Teacher’s Bundle for their classroom. Here is a video explaining the program:
In its 63 year history the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign has raised more than $170 million. The campaign owes its success not only to the children, parents and educators who have participated, but also to supporters such as Key Club International and interactive multichannel retailer, HSN, Inc. – via their lifestyle brands HSN, Grandinroad and Chasing Fireflies – for their ongoing commitment to the campaign. This year, UNICEF Ambassador Vern Yip will serve as a spokesperson for the 2013 Trick or Treat for UNICEF campaign through the partnership with HSN.
There are many ways you can participate. You can collect at work, at school, online and more. View all of those here: Trick or Treat for UNICEF. If Trick or Treating isn’t your thing, there are art contests for children and other online donation options. Visit the UNICEF Youth website for more information.
Please consider helping. If nothing else, please share this post on your Facebook page, tweet it or Pin it. Here are their social media links so you can be a part and follow the progress.
@UNICEFUSA on Instagram