We've published this hack in past years, but it's such a wonderful program that I'm happy to remind everyone about it again. From Jessica:
We have an 18 mo. old who we debated about taking trick-or-treating. She can't eat the candy and doesn't quite understand what's going on yet. But then we remembered Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF we decided we would. UNICEF helps children throughout the world. They work in 190 countries through country programs and national committees. UNICEF, and the United Nations Children’s Fund.
I have fond memories as a child of collecting change for UNICEF as I went trick-or-treating. For families that are interested in making Halloween more meaningful for their kids this would be a great way to do that. You can request donation boxes via their website, or print your own canister cover right from home.
I checked out the website, and you can even collect donations online yourself or as part of a team. This would be a great activity for a classroom or a Scout troop, or any group of kids who want to make a difference in the world.
I also found links to UNICEF-created games, including "Ayiti: the Cost of Life." This game explores what it's like to live in poverty, keep out of debt, and get educated for a family of five in rural Haiti. Fascinating.
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