Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a fundraising initiative that allows kids to collect donations for UNICEF while trick-or-treating. Schools, clubs or organizations can collect donations and send them to UNICEF.
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF launched in 1950 in the U.S. The fundraising campaign currently operates in the U.S., Canada, China and several other countries around the world. Participants receive small boxes, which they can carry around with them door-to-door while they trick-or-treat. They collect cash donations in the boxes, which organizers then send to UNICEF.
Schools often organize Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraisers. However, other groups can also get involved. Families, individuals, post-secondary institutions, companies, churches and clubs can set up their own fundraisers by requesting donation boxes through the UNICEF website. The Kiwanis club raises money for UNICEF through its Eliminate Project. Kiwanis groups can request boxes from Kiwanis headquarters and can send donations directly to the foundation. Kiwanis International then forwards donations to UNICEF.
UNICEF uses money raised through the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program for a variety of humanitarian purposes, including providing food, water, vaccinations and medication for children and families in impoverished countries. Even small donations can make a difference. As of August 2015, a $5 donation can feed a child for five days and a $30 donation can vaccinate 100 children against measles, according to the UNICEF website.