Clay Aiken – Create A Character For UNICEF

It is hard to realize that it has been seven years since Clay Aiken was appointed the National Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Spokesperson for the 2005 project.  Do you remember seeing this announcement?

Multi-platinum recording artist and UNICEF National Ambassador Clay Aiken will act as the National Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Spokesperson for the 2005 campaign. As this year’s national spokesperson, Aiken will encourage kids and adults to get involved by raising funds for vulnerable children in other parts of the world. Aiken was appointed a National Ambassador in 2004.

This year’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF spokesperson is UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken, a formerU.S.schoolteacher who witnessed the reopening of tent schools using the School-in-a-Box in Indonesia after the tsunami struck there in 2004.

Well, it is now the season to think about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.  This program is a fun and easy way to support UNICEF as they help the children of the world.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 when kids simply decorated old milk cartons to collect change.  According to UNICEF:

They raised a grand total of $17, kicking off a campaign that has since brought in millions of dollars each year to help UNICEF provide medicine, better nutrition, safe water, education, emergency relief and other support to children in more than 150 countries.

And millions of children now participate in Halloween-related fund-raising campaigns in the United States, Canada and Hong Kong, China, among other places.

But in these campaigns, children go far beyond trick or treating in scary costumes with the familiar orange collection boxes in hand. Children and young people take part in various fun and educational events that help them gain a better understanding of child rights and the challenges facing children around the world – including poverty, killer diseases and armed conflict. They help stage events to raise funds and increase awareness about these issues, and in doing so learn that they can help change the world.

This year, UNICEF has decided to let the trick-or-treaters design their own collection boxes.  Titled the Create-a-Character Contest, the kids can use glitter, feathers, stickers, glue and their imaginations to design their special collection box.  Three kids will be chosen to have their designs featured on limited-edition collections next year!

So, if you are a parent, grandparent, Aunt, or teacher, why not introduce your kids to Trick-Or Treat for UNICEF.  According to Clay Aiken:

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is more than a fundraising program. For many children, it’s their first introduction to philanthropy and the needs of their peers in places far away. It is wonderful to know that I can be a part of that moment

For more information about how to order a collection box or ways that your children can participate, visit UNICEF

The following is a wonderful video from Key Club.  You can see and hear Clay talk about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and how he became involved.  

Enjoy!

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the info and the video. I had forgotten about that video completely. Also for the Trick-or-Treat Campaign back in 2005, I do not recall seeing the pamphlets with Clay in them. I knew he was part of it, but I've never seen them before. Thank you!!!!!!! It's a great thing for children to get involved, so that they realize that the world does not revolve around them, that in this world, it's better if we can all pitch in and help as best we can. Any small thing, is better than nothing. It's just another reason that we admire Clay so much. He truly does lead by example.

  2. Wonderful video of Clay for UNICEF, great role model and after all these years he stayed true to himself, very proud of him! thanks musicfan.

  3. It is such a beautiful thing to see, once again, how devoted Clay has been to helping "All of God's
    Children" no matter where or how – he is such a wonderful example, to young and old, that there is
    always something that needs to be done to help others in this life!
    I especially liked the way "clayitagain" expressed herself – so true!! Thank you Musicfan for the
    post and video – hope many read and are touched enough to help where they can!

  4. Great idea from UNICEF to have the kids make their own boxes. UNICEF and Trick or Treat for UNICEF helpso many children all over the world. What a good lesson for kids of all ages.

  5. thankyou! youare never too young to learn about helping others.and thanks for showing Clay gets molested.

  6. Great blog, Musicfan. Magic I think if Clay helped Parker that would be cheating as Clay is so brilliant when it comes to ideas. I think perhaps Parker is following in Daddy's footsteps. I wonder if he'll be a singer?

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