by Kiki Shahida '21
This year I am excited to start UNICEF Club at NCS with the help of Meghfira Mohammed. UNICEF, or United Nations International Children’s Emergency Funds, founded in 1946, was created to help children in post-war Europe, the Middle East, and China. UNICEF now has expanded into a globally recognized organization, raising money for children around the world and focusing on issues ranging from immigration, to poverty, natural disasters, and more.
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, started in 1950, is one of UNICEF’s most well-known annual fundraisers. The idea for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was to collaborate with children trick-or-treating on Halloween and allow them to directly help UNICEF’s cause. So, how does Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF work? Schools and other organizations send children home before Halloween with small orange boxes. The kids are then told to bring their boxes along with their candy bags on Halloween night. Instead of simply saying “trick or treat!” upon ringing their neighbors’ doorbells, children are instructed to say, “trick or treat for UNICEF!” Adults giving out candy are then invited to give the kids some candy in their bags, as well as some coins or small bills in their box. Varying on location, the average child rings 17 doorbells an hour on Halloween, or almost 50 throughout Halloween night. Even if only half of these households gave children 50 cents each, every child would come home with $12.50. If you take into account the number of kids and number of schools participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, it becomes clear that Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is an extremely beneficial fundraiser for UNICEF.
When Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was founded, a single dime was able to buy 50 glasses of milk for hungry children in Europe. Although a dime cannot do quite as much now, even small Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations truly help. 50 cents can provide a nourishing food packet to a starving child. Two dollars can buy ten bars of soap to keep children healthy and clean. Five dollars can buy a UNICEF backpack to aid children in their education process. Seven dollars can provide children with a volleyball to both give them a toy and allow them to build teamwork skills.
These examples are only a few of the causes UNICEF’s donations go to annually, and they prove that even small donations make a difference. Even if you aren’t planning on trick-or-treating this Halloween, consider donating to UNICEF through their website, or encouraging younger friends and family to participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.