Trick or Treat for UNICEF: B&GCSCV members to help children worldwide

October 29, 2004
Santa Paula News

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley is asking area residents to help them Trick or Treat for UNICEF.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesThe Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley is asking area residents to help them Trick or Treat for UNICEF.It’s not only candy Trick or Treaters will be after but also monetary donations for UNICEF, which provides children around the world with basics like medicine, clean water, food and an education.“What’s ordinary for a child in America is revolutionary for children in other countries,” notes the orange UNICEF Trick or Treat box.In various parts of the world very little money can go a long way: $1 can immunize a child against measles for life, $10 supplies enough high-protein biscuits to feed three hungry children for one month, $2.50 buys basic school supplies for one child and 30 cents can provide lifesaving antibiotics for a child suffering from pneumonia. An entire village can have a well that provides clean water for only $150.“We are encouraging kids who are members of the club to Trick or Treat for UNICEF,” noted Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley Chief Executive Officer Pat Zwagerman. “We received 500 UNICEF donation boxes and we’ll see how many we get returned, all of them are out.”
Asking for funds for UNICEF programs is a good lesson for B&GCSCV, she added.“It’s an opportunity for our kids to give back a little, to do something for someone else. Hopefully, when they grow up they’ll have a sense of how others helped them and how there are still those that need help as well.”A unique aspect of the already unique UNICEF fundraiser is that those who collect donations can take the boxes to Coinstar machines, follow the directions and enter a code to donate the funds directly to UNICEF. The donation will not be subject to the usual Coinstar fee and the donor will receive a receipt noting the contribution to UNICEF.Zwagerman is hoping that local UNICEF Trick or Treaters will return the boxes to the club office, 806 Railroad Ave. so the club can track the members’ fundraising effort, although “either way is fine.”Donations to UNICEF can be made directly to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, P.O. Box 98006, Washington, D.C., 20090-8006.Visit the UNICEF Web site, for more information.

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