Clay Aiken – Encourage Kids To Participate on Oct.31

Instead of focusing on bats, pumpkins and candy this Halloween, maybe we should talk to our kids and grandkids about how they can make a difference!

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was started in 1950 as a way to help kids who need more than candy. Since that time, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” They have raised more than $175 million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF since 1950.

By Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF, we all can make a huge contribution.  

Any amount of money will make a difference.

This Halloween, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts Movie Gang are helping UNICEF by being the spokesperson(s) this year!

Do you remember when Clay Aiken was the UNICEF Ambassador and Spokesperson for Trick-or-Treat For UNICEF?

The following is the press release that was sent out about Clay’s appointment in 2005.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2005
Tuesday May 31, 10:48 am ET
Celebrating 55-Years of Heroic Achievement By Children 

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.

For the second year, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF online will include games and an innovative online program designed to engage kids and adults in virtual Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. There is also a new online resource,, which was created to help teachers and youth group leaders engage students as active global citizens by learning about UNICEF’s efforts worldwide. The Web site includes information on donations and their impact, descriptions of how UNICEF operates during emergencies, perspectives from UNICEF staff, “audio blogs” of teachers and students who contributed to the relief efforts and “discussion starters” for teachers to engage students.

I was teaching school in 2005 and my class and the entire school worked hard to support Trick-Or-Treat For UNICEF.  We didn’t get a visit from Clay, but we did get a wonderful plaque that was placed in the office with pride.

Another press release from UNICEF:

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

The following picture was part of the press release.

One more press release:

UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken to Visit Top Fundraising School
As a beloved and widely recognized campaign, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has inspired many celebrities and corporations to get involved.  Adding to the excitement in 2005, multi-platinum recording artist Clay Aiken will serve as the national Trick-or-Treat spokesperson.  Throughout October, the Raleigh, N.C., native and former teacher, will encourage kids to participate in the program.
In a further showing of support for the fundraising efforts of kids and schools across the country, Aiken will personally visit the school that raises the most money for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year.  Details and timing for Aiken’s visit will be announced at a later date.
“Trick-or-Treat is more than a fundraising program,” said Aiken, who was appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in 2004 and has already visited UNICEF programs in tsunami-stricken Indonesia and war-torn Uganda.  “For many children, it is 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.”

I would imagine that the task of being the Trick-or-Treat Ambassador was an exciting time for Clay.  It combined his love of teaching with his support of UNICEF.

Did,  or do your kids participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF?

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5 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Encourage Kids To Participate on Oct.31

  1. Clay has the biggest heart, especially when it comes to children! Thank you, musicfan for sharing the articles and the videos of OMC and the children!

  2. Clay naturally focuses on those who do not have a proper chance in life. The National Inclusion Project certainly is an example of his dedication as was his support of UNICEF. Even during "The Runner-Up", Clay was moved by the way veterans were being ignored. Clay will always have a HUGE heart filled with compassion!

  3. this idea was great for halloween but i never did that when i was a kid ive also been proud of the work clay had done with unicef

  4. Last night was Trick or Treat in our city. Had only 6 kids show up and now I have to eat all this chocolate candy myself! I haven't see kids asking for UNICEF donations for the last 30 years or more. Enjoyed the pictures of Clay and recalling all the good works he does for the kids.

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