Today, October 31st, marks the day of a much-loved holiday and cultural tradition in the United States: Halloween. Many people around the world are familiar with this holiday. They know that little children dress up in costumes and go door-to-door asking their neighbors for candy with the familiar shout, “Trick-or-treat!” (It’s almost always a “treat”.)
What international observers may be unaware of is United Nation’s Children’s Fund Halloween-themed program “Trick-or-Treat for Unicef”. While children go and pursue bagfuls of candy, some children also bring around a little cardboard box that sports the Unicef name. The purpose of this little box is to collect money, pocket change, for destitute children living in developing and underdeveloped countries. This unique tactic lets children play a huge role in raising money for those in needs and learn the benefits of philanthropy. The children get to know how great it feels to give back!
Once the night is over, all of the candy is traded amongst siblings and friends and the money is put aside to be mailed to Unicef’s US Fund. Once received, 91¢ for every $1 USD raised is sent to impoverished children all over the world. The children who collected the money receive a certificate of participation from Unicef for their efforts.
According to the Unicef website, $170 million USD has been raised by children trick-or-treating for Unicef since the inception of the program in 1950!
For more information on how you can donate and/or learn more about Trick-or-Treat Unicef, follow the link below. You can also learn about other Unicef projects:
Have a very happy Halloween!