Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: Kids Helping Kids

For many of us, Halloween is a holiday focused completely on our children.

What costumes will they wear? What goodies will you help them make for the class party? Where can they trick or treat safely? How much candy can you keep them from consuming?

For some children, costumes and candy counts never cross their minds. Instead, they must worry about their most basic needs, such as access to clean water, health care and a stable food supply.

With the help of UNICEF, your children can raise funds for the millions of children in need across the world while celebrating this Halloween.

What: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

The campaign began in 1950 in an effort to raise money for kids who needed more than candy. Children walked door-to-door carrying collection boxes and shouting, “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” Since the campaign’s inception, UNICEF has raised more than $170 million through this effort.

This year, the campaign will raise funds to save children’s lives through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest countries.

When: Now until June 30, 2015. (All collections must be turned in by June 30.)

How: There are two ways to participate this year.

  • Set up an online fundraising page as an individual, school or organization, or donate to an existing fundraiser at UNICEF’s CrowdRise page. On this page you can see the other participants and track the top trick-or-treaters.
  • Download a DIY eco-friendly fundraising kit, which is packed with resources, including printable “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” collection containers that students or children can assemble themselves.

The organization: UNICEF was founded in 1946 to help starving and ill children in Europe, the Middle East and China after World War II. Since then, it has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories across the world, serving the most vulnerable children by providing them with resources for education, sanitation, immunization and protection. Of every dollar the organization spends, 91.2 cents goes toward programs and services that directly help children.