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Once again, Davis kids help others around the world

Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF in Davis, California

From the Davis Enterprise

Davis homeowners will be hearing this refrain again this Halloween as local children collect donations for the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Parent volunteers and teachers working with the Davis chapter of the United Nations Association will be sending home with elementary schools students across the city announcements and boxes for 2015 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. On Halloween night, look out for kids in costume not only asking for treats but for spare change for UNICEF. Your pocket change actually can save a life.

“Each year, millions of children worldwide die of preventable diseases. It doesn’t have to be that way,” says Jennifer Holman, co-coordinator of the Davis program. “Just 8 cents can provide a packet of oral rehydration salts to help save the life of a child suffering from dehydration caused by drinking contaminated water. A quarter can provide clean water to 10 children. Just a bit more, 30 cents, can immunize a child against measles.

“And working together, our small actions can effect big changes,” Holman adds.

Davis kids are part of a national tradition reaching back more than 65 years, beginning in Philadelphia in 1947, when children in costume first carried decorated milk cartons to raise money to help their peers in war-torn Europe.

Since then, school children across the country have raised more than $175 million for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs.

“This is a terrifically successful program in Davis,” Holman says. “It not only gives kids an opportunity to learn about less advantaged children around the world but a way to help in a real way.”

Last year, the Davis community contributed $12,900 to UNICEF, a sum that was triple-matched for a total of $38,100. Since 1998, Davis (including matching funds) has donated $388,552 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

In fact, the children of Davis have been named official “UNICEF Emissaries” by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in recognition of their contribution to global efforts to save children’s lives, Holman says.

Those who do not get Trick-or-Treaters at the door or who prefer to donate directly may send a check made out to UNICEF to UNICEF (UNA-USA Account), First Northern Bank, 434 Second St., Davis, CA 95616.

All funds raised are sent to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, a charity rated by both Forbes and Charity Navigator as exceptional.



For more information about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, to volunteer, or to obtain a UNICEF collection box, contact Kristen Weeks-Norton or Jennifer Holman at 530-758-3977,, or visit



Maureen Cullison, 4, and her brother George, 2, are among the Davis kids who plan to trick-or-treat for UNICEF on Halloween. Courtesy photo

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