Instead of candy, how about charity – near and far?
After weeks of visiting HEALTHY HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN to look for healthier ways to celebrate the Halloween holiday and then sanely and safely to dispose of all the bountiful/excessive candy treats collected during trick-or-treat activities, would you like to take a final look today at an alternative that might enable you and your children to avoid all the hazards of sugar overconsumption and do good for other children worldwide at the same time? Then why not consider, instead, an opportunity to trick-or-treat for charity instead of amassing huge quantities of candy this year?
Starting in 1950 kids have been collecting funds for UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) on Halloween ever since to help other children all over the world who need so much more than just a one-time infusion of candy. Since then, toddlers to teens all over America have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” In those 65 years youngsters have raised more than $175 million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF relief efforts. When you donate to this worthy cause, 90.2 cents of every dollar spent goes directly to help children in need worldwide. By Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF, your children can be superheroes for millions of children in need this Halloween. These youngsters in foreign nations are just like yours in many ways, except that unfortunately they live in countries where poverty or war or natural disaster can make it difficult to get even the basics needed to survive. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF funds help save children’s lives in over 190 countries and territories through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. To participate, you can find more information and can even enroll directly through their website: http://www.unicefusa.org/mission/usa/trick-or-treat
For other good causes, your local Better Business Bureau may be able to provide you with names of worthy and reputable organizations that operate right in your neighborhood. See what opportunities might be available in your very own back yard, and then hit the street on Halloween to collect funds that will support your favorite hometown charity.
Hand-in-hand and side-by-side we can join together to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate and at the same time teach our own children the value of helping neighbors both near and far.