Halloween is now the second-most commercial holiday in the U.S., with the average person spending up to $50 on sweets and decorations. But not everyone sees the season as just a time to stock up on candy corn. There are many kids, like those Lindsay Ferrier followed in one neighborhood, who use this holiday to help others.
Nat: doorbell rings
“Hi, we’re trick-or-treating for UNICEF.”
The Fayetteville, Arkansas Central United Methodist confirmation class of 2007 is on a mission.
Andrew Benton/Member, Central United Methodist Church: “There are kids around the world who, they don’t even have healthy water and they can’t go to school and they don’t have supplies. Some of them are homeless and have to sleep on the street.”
UNICEF has now been collecting money for needy children worldwide for 60 years. The kids here at Central have been doing it for nearly a decade, collecting thousands of dollars for the charity.
Nat/Kids collect at door: “Thank you. Oh, you’re welcome.”
And while it’s a little bit of a surprise to see trick-or-treaters before Halloween night, it’s hard to resist the kids with their little UNICEF boxes and their rainy day charm.
Hallie Hairston/Member, Central United Methodist Church: “It’s going good. We've got a lot of donations so far.”
Amelia Whitaker/ Member, Central United Methodist Church: “It’s nice to know we can help other kids when we know that we have so many things.”
For the parents of these 50-odd kids, it’s an early lesson in giving – one of many lessons that will help shape them as adults.
Chuck Culver/ Member, Central United Methodist Church: “What’s amazing is how many kids around the world have so little. It really does touch your heart, and we need to reach out and do what we can do.”
Nat/Boy shakes box: “There’s money in here, you just can’t hear it.”
Halloween is all about getting. This trick-or-treating is all about giving. The lesson today is that both of them have their place.
Barbara Culver/Member, Central United Methodist Church: “We think that's an important lesson to learn they can be missionaries in their own town. They don't have to leave Fayetteville to do something for other people.”
The first UNICEF volunteers were students in Philadelphia who decided to collect money for children who were suffering in Europe just after World War II. Going door-to-door on Halloween, they raised $17. In 2006, the kids from Fayetteville raised $2,006 in their collection in a funny coincidence.
Trick-or-treat for UNICEF is now a month-long program. More than 132 million dollars has been raised since 1950.
For more information on the trick-or-treat for UNICEF program, visit the UNICEF website.