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Davis Enterprise Guest Editorial

By Jennifer Holman

The Davis chapter of the United Nations Association sincerely thanks the residents of Davis giving so generously to aid the children of the world who receive assistance from UNICEF. On Halloween night, schoolchildren across Davis collected small and large donations while trick-or-treating for UNICEF.

When combined with other individual contributions to UNA’s UNICEF account at First Northern Bank, the total for 2013 came to $12,700. We mailed a check in that amount to the United States Fund for UNICEF on Dec. 30, assuring that the contribution will be triple-matched by another donor. Well done, Davis!

It goes without saying, of course, that these funds are sorely needed — for things like clean water and other emergency relief in the Philippines and for anti-malarial supplies in the tropics. These remain hard times for the children of the world, many of whom regularly go without the simplest of necessities like clean water, food or medicine. While you read this sentence, somewhere in the world a child under the age of 5 has died from hunger.

Thank you to the many individuals and organizations who contributed to this longtime Davis tradition. Special thanks go to the Davis City Council for launching Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, and to The Davis Enterprise for letting the community know about the campaign.

Thank you to the many wonderful teachers, parents, principals and staff at Davis schools who provided instruction, support and encouragement to children learning first-hand about the responsibilities and rewards of global citizenship. Because of your support, students at schools around the city — Birch Lane, Chávez, Korematsu, Montgomery, North Davis, Patwin, Peregrine, Pioneer, Willett, Fairfield and DPNS — were given the opportunity to participate in this effort.

Through this campaign, the schoolchildren of Davis have literally saved lives. Along the way, they learned a little about the world and, more importantly, that they have the power to change it for the better.

Thanks go as well to the friends and neighbors responding generously to children who collected door-to-door for UNICEF and to the employees of First Northern Bank, who dealt with numerous deposits of coins, crumpled bills and checks with cheerfulness and good humor.

Finally, thank you to Verena Borton, president of the Davis chapter of the United Nations Association, for providing guidance and inspiration over the many years of this campaign.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2014.

— Jennifer Holman coordinates the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign for the United Nations Association of Davis.

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