Trick or treating is often all about the candy, but as kids get older and more aware of the world around them, they have the opportunity to make a difference and do good when they trick or treat for charity.
Here are some different ways kids can trick or treat for charity:
Since 1950, children have been trick or treating for UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund that is working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. This year marks the 65th anniversary of the effort, which to date has raised more than $175 million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
Get info on how to start trick or treating for UNICEF here.
Trick or Treat for UNICEF is a way for kids to help kids in need of more than candy. I love the tagline "It's scary how much good you can do."
It may be too late to order our signature collection boxes, but there's still plenty of ways you can prepare yourself for the big day and there are some printables on their website so folks will know you're part of the program. It's worth noting that UNICEF only accepts financial donations.
Trick or Treat for Troops
Operation Gratitude would love to have your candy to include in care packages that it sends as part of its mission "to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities." Operation Gratitude has a Halloween Candy Program, and you can get details on it here.
Similarly, Operation Shoebox, which also sends care packages to troops and welcomes donations of heat-resistant Halloween candy. That could be a win-win for your kids - they keep the chocolate and send off the candy that won't melt.
Another option is to find a dentist participating in a buyback program who can donate the candy for you. For example, our family dentist is buying back candy at $1 per pound and donating it to Operation Gratitude.
Donate the Candy
Chances are that charitable organizations in your area would be thrilled to have your kid donate some of their Halloween candy haul. Check with the Ronald McDonald House - you can locate one near you here. Other possible options include homeless shelters, food pantries and retirement homes. Just call first, as not every organization accepts donations.
What other ways to trick or treat for charity would you add? Let me know in the comments and I'll add them to this post. Thanks, and happy Halloween!
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