(Jasper, Indiana)- Jasper High School UNICEF Club (United Nations Children’s Fund) is continuing their annual tradition of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF next Wednesday, October 30th. Kids in the program ask for change when they go door to door on Halloween night, instead of candy. The students dress up in costumes and carry around the orange change boxes provided by the UNICEF committee.
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was invented by Mary Emma Allison in 1949, when she saw a UNICEF booth collecting money to send powdered milk to malnourished children around the world. She had the idea of children accumulating donations on Halloween night instead of pieces of candy. In 1953, the United States Committee for UNICEF started to actively promote the program and the idea behind it. By the 1960’s, the idea of collecting money on Halloween night for undernourished children around the world, spread like wild fire. The money collected goes straight towards saving and improving children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and even more for those countries in need. Millions of trick-or-treaters around the nation ordered the orange collection boxes from the UNICEF headquarters to help out.
Group leader, Joshua Dodd, started this club at JHS back in 2010, when a few of his students had approached him and asked if he would sponsor the association. Ever since the first year, Dodd has been committed to continuing the club and pushing for a greater profit every year. The goal for this year is to raise $1,500, which will achieve the “School-in-a-Box” goal, which enables education to be more available in these countries, and it will also be able to provide a school or small village with a clean water pump.
This year is the first year that the Jasper High School Key Club is partnering up with the UNICEF club to help collect more change for the cause. Key Club has nationally always been partnered up with UNICEF, but this is the first year it has been put into action at JHS. Key Club will be joining UNICEF on the night of the trick-or-treat.
In the fall UNICEF also may participate in the tap water project. For the tap water project, UNICEF goes to surrounding fast food restaurants and asks if they are willing to ask their customers if they would like to donate a dollar for their water, instead of receiving it for free. The tap water project involves the whole community and is a good way get people aware and thinking about donating.
So, when you hear a knock on your door on Halloween night and see a few high school students asking for change, give change to make a change!
Unicef.org contributed to this report.