Did you know that Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is one of the longest-running youth volunteer initiatives in America? In 1950, during the aftermath of World War II, the original Kids Helping Kids Campaign® launched as girls and boys across the nation collected coins to aid children still affected by the war.
Today, the mission to save and improve children’s lives is more important than ever. I believe that Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is such a great cause for everyone involved. Not only has it provided children in 190 countries and territories with much-needed health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. But it also has helped motivate kids to become active global citizens while teaching them 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. Our local farm where we pick pumpkins every year has been holding an annual UNICEF Family Festival since 1985 and has donated over $120,000 to the cause!
This year Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is introducing six new Halloween characters featured on individual collection boxes. The new design encourages children to express their support through choice.
They are also having their first ever Create-a-Character contest!
For the first time in campaign history, those trick-or-treating for UNICEF are invited to submit original designs for their own collection boxes. Submitted designs will have a chance to be part of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’s 2013 limited edition collection. A winning design from each category (children ages 4-8, 9-12, and 13 years and older) will be chosen and announced on Halloween, Oct. 31. The contest will run from September 1 through October 26.
Check out this video for more info on Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and their Create-a-Character contest: