Celebrating 60 years, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s longest-running volunteer movement. It has engaged generations of grassroots supporters of UNICEF’s mission to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths to zero. The program remains an inspiration to the young (and the young at heart) to further the cause of children everywhere.
In 2005, UNICEF announced that Clay Aiken would be the National Spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fund raising campaign. It was a record-breaking year for the program. Under Clay’s watchful eye, U.S. kids raised a record-breaking $18.25 million through Trick-or Treat for UNICEF. That was five times the amount raised the previous year. The wonderful youth of the U.S. wanted to help those affected by both the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.
As Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has grown, it has developed some wonderful partnerships with other organizations that support the fundraiser in exciting and unique ways.
In 1994, members of Key Club International – the largest service organization for high school students – began working with Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. They encourage all their chapters to participate in the holiday event and even have competitions between the different chapters. It is a great way to encourage the Kids-Helping-Kids motto of UNICEF.
American Airlines’ customers and employees will be Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF in the skies and at Admirals Clubs again this year, making a difference in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children through Change for Good on American Airlines.
The following was found on UNICEF website:
For the second year in a row, American Airlines employees and customers can support Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF through Change for Good on American Airlines from October 25 through 31:
- Volunteer flight attendants known as “Champions for Children” will collect donations of foreign and domestic currency from American Airlines customers on select international flights. Also, new this year, look out for a brand new Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF video on-board these flights.
- American Airlines Admirals Club members can participate by donating spare domestic and foreign currency in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF-themed donation collection boxes located in Admirals Clubs and Flagship Lounges nationwide.
- As part of American Airlines’ “Season of Giving” campaign — employees will also have the opportunity to “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” through Change for Good by participating in a variety of workplace fundraising activities.
Thank you for joining with UNICEF to make Halloween count this year through Change for Good on American Airlines!
The Broadway community always seems to show their support to deserving charities. This year, kids are invited to join a Halloween Spectacular, Broadway-style! Titled KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY, the event will take place on October 31, 2010 with a pre-theatre Halloween party from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Madame Tussauds New York. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to tour the famed Times Square wax attraction for free, enjoying unique theatre activities along the way. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Broadway characters.
According to Playbill Magazine, Broadway performers will be on hand to take part in the activities, and UNICEF/ Broadway Kids Care will have a booth where kids can decorate Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes.
In the evening, kids are invited to go stage door trick-or-treating at specific shows. Part of the KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY is when kids ages 6 to 18 can see Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. Doesn’t that sound like a fun way to support a wonderful cause?
In 60 years, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has raised more than $160 million overall. It funds children’s immunization, health care, nutrition and education in more than 150 countries and territories. Over the years, it has been promoted by scores of celebrities and featured on many television shows.
In 2010, Clay Aiken continued his support of UNICEF. As a UNICEF Ambassador, one of Clay’s duties this year was to congratulate Key Club International for their continued support for UNICEF, especially their Trick-or-Treat program. He was a guest speaker at the Key Club Convention this year. During his visit with the Key Club, Clay taped a question and answer session. The short interview was released on YouTube and can be seen below.
When you see Clay involved in this wonderful cause and watch him talk with passion and intelligence about UNICEF, it makes me so proud to be a fan of Clay Aiken. How about You?