Posted by: Lauren--NY | October 19, 2009

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

“You get to make a living; you give to make a life.” ~Winston Churchill

One of my co-workers brought in a “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” box today, so I thought I’d blog about it in case anybody was unaware of this wonderful tradition.

UNICEF started their “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” program in 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when five fantastic children decided to bring decorated milk cartons along with them when they went trick-or-treating on Halloween, collecting donations to send to children who were suffering in post-war Europe. They donated their $17.00 total (not too shabby for 1950) to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Shortly afterward it became a nationwide tradition, and UNICEF started distributing little orange boxes to schools to be given to the students so that they could participate. According to Wikipedia, over $119 million USD has been collected through “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” since its inception. Canada joined the party in 1955, and they have collected $96 million CAN since. Hong Kong has raised $6 million HK since they joined the tradition in 2001.

If your children did not bring orange boxes home from school, you may order them here, or if you run out of time you can pick them up at participating Pier 1, Hallmark and Baskin Robbins locations. UNICEF also provides this canister wrapper so you can make your own.

Once you’ve collected your donation, learn how to donate here. You can do so online, by phone, by mail, or at a Coinstar® center.

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