By now, you’ve (hopefully!) staked out the best trick-or-treating neighborhoods, made a game plan with your friends and picked out an awesome costume. One thing you might not have? The ‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’ orange box.
You may have seen other trick-or-treaters carrying these iconic orange boxes in the past. Here’s what they were up to (hint: It’s not for candy!) – and how you can get involved.
What’s With the Orange Boxes?
The tradition began in Philadelphia in the 1950s, when a few kids hand-decorated milk cartons and brought them around to collect change while they trick-or-treated. The reason? To help other children affected by World War II. They only made $17, but it marked the start of a campaign that has now spread to more than 150 countries.
Where Do the Nickels and Pennies Go?
The change collected by trick-or-treaters on Halloween has helped UNICEF provide medicine, food, education, emergency relief and more support to children worldwide. Children in the U.S. have collected more than $170 million by going door-to-door on Halloween and by planning other fundraising efforts in conjunction with the initiative.
How Can I Get Involved?
Visit the “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” website to print out the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Canister Wrapper and make your own fundraising container. You can also check out the “How to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Guide” and more resources before you get started!
For more information about the “Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF” initiative, visit http://www.trickortreatforunicef.org/.