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Davis Trick-or-Treaters for UNICEF in the News

Davis Trick-or-Treaters for UNICEF in the News

Ben and Sawyer Norton Trick or Treat for UNICEF

It's almost time to trick-or-treat for UNICEF
Enterprise staff
October 12th, 2010

Time to start saving that pocket change — trick-or-treaters will be arriving at your house soon enough, collecting for the United Nations children's fund.

Every Halloween night, Davis children continue the tradition started in Philadelphia 60 years ago, when youngsters carried decorated milk cartons to raise money for children in war-torn Europe. Over the years, those nickels and pennies and dimes have really added up, raising nearly $160 million for the United Nations International Children's Education Fund.

Here in Davis, children have been trick-or-treating for UNICEF for more than 30 years, raising more than $200,000 with the support of matching corporate donors. Last year alone, Davis children collected $15,000.

When you see trick-or-treaters this Halloween with the classic orange Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection box, keep in mind that no donation is too small. Just 7 cents can provide 50 kids with safe water for a day. Seventy cents can immunize a child against polio for life, and $57 will buy the bicycle needed to transport medical supplies to remote communities.

When Davis kids last year raised $15,000 — which was doubled when matched by a corporate donor — that was enough to immunize 64,285 kids against polio, or buy 21,818 gallons of therapeutic milk to help malnourished kids survive.

It's a simple concept, but is hugely important both to the kids who raise funds and the kids who receive assistance.

North Davis Elementary alumnus and frequent trick-or-treater for UNICEF Dylan Aptekar-Cassels likewise remarked, “It's good to know that there are people out there willing to donate. Someone once gave me and my sister $10 each … and that was like, 'wow.' ”

In Davis, the program is organized through the local chapter of the United Nations Association. Most of the preliminary legwork, though, is done by dedicated teachers, parent volunteers, and PTAs. Permission forms to participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF will go home with PTA newsletters this week. UNICEF collection boxes will be distributed to students who return their permission forms by Friday, Oct. 29.

For more information about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, to volunteer, or to obtain a UNICEF collection box, contact one of the program's coordinators: Sandra Schickele at or (530) 753-1601; Jennifer Holman at (530) 758-3977 or; or Thomas Evans at (530) 758-3977 or; or check out the new website at

To make a tax-deductible donation, send a check to the account maintained year-round for this purpose: UNICEF (UNA-USA Account), First Northern Bank, 434 Second Street, Davis, CA 95616.


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