Unicef 2011Consider this your annual reminder from us about Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. If it’s never something you’ve done before, the premise is that your kids can ask for more on Halloween than just another sugary treat, on behalf of kids who need a lot more than a mini box of Junior Mints.

Just like I remember doing when I was a kid, UNICEF makes it so easy for kids to collect donations as they go door-to-door. Since they’ve been around for sixty years and have a name synonymous with Halloween, I know that most of my neighbors will have no problem donating without my kids having to spend five minutes trying to explain what the charity is.

Their bright, easy-to-carry collection box can be picked up at a local Crocs location (while supplies last), or you can download a label to make your own collection canister, which is what I remember doing years ago.

If you want to do a little more, UNICEF has some great downloadable resources and ideas for fundraising, either at an upcoming costume party or via your own fundraising page. I love knowing that the change my kids collect can help kids get clean drinking water, or immunizations, or even food that’s way more important than anything we’ll find in their overstuffed candy bag. Christina

Check out Unicef’s “How to Participate” page for ways to help kids through trick-or-treating or other fundraising efforts.