Family Activity for Global Awareness

"Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" Month


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Place your orange UNICEF box (or your own decorated container) on your kitchen table or counter.

Every minute six young people between the ages of 15-24 become infected with HIV. Over 8,000 a day.

Give 10˘ for each major disease you have not had (measles, polio, mumps, tuberculosis,…)




Some 2 billion people are deficient in one or more vital micronutrients, such as Vitamin A, iron, and iodized salt.

Give 1 ˘ for every time you eat something containing salt.


An education is still a luxury in many countries. There are nearly 120 million school age children out of school.

Give 10 ˘ for every school you can name in your city.


We take trash removal for granted but it is as important as medical care in limiting the spread of disease.

Give 1˘ each time you toss something in the trash.




In many countries, clinics run out of even basic medicines such as aspirin.

Give 5˘ for each bottle of medicine in your house.


Have your child (or parent) help you cook a simple meal. As you eat, consider that many children will go hungry today. Calculate the price of your meal and give that amount.

A child deficient in vitamin A faces a 25% greater risk of dying from common illnesses such as measles, malaria or diarrhea. Vitamin A is found in meat, eggs, fruits, red palm oil & leafy vegetables. Give 5 ˘ for each of the above that you have eaten today.


In South Asia, 25% of newborns, more than 9 million babies, are of low weight, 5.5 lbs.


Give 1˘ for every pound you weighed when you were born.


Open the refrigerator again today. Count your containers of leftovers and give 5˘ for each.

Give 10˘ if the food inside is spoiled.


Serious accidents or illness frequently mean death because of poor or non-existent health care in many places and over 30 million of the world's children are not routinely vaccinated. Open the phone book and give 10˘ for each hospital listed.


UNICEF provided over 80,000 children in Afghanistan with blankets to keep them warm during last  winter.

Give for 5˘ every blanket in your house.



Much of the world’s water is contaminated by viruses, bacteria, and parasites that cause disease and death. More than 1 billion people are without access to safe drinking water.

Skip a soda today and give 50˘ to UNICEF.


Read a book together. Give 5˘ for every word you read.


130 million of the world's children ages 6-11 are not in school. Of these, 90 million are girls.


UNICEF is the largest supplier of vaccines to developing countries. Providing 40% of the world's doses of vaccines for children.


Give 10˘ for every vaccine you have ever gotten.



More than two million children have been killed in armed conflicts during the past ten years and 6 million have been seriously injured. Many children have been forced to become soldiers. Give generously for the blessing of peace.


How many people do you know over the age of 50?

Nearly 11 million children under the age of five die each year from common illness and malnutrition associated with poverty.

Give 10˘ for every relative over this age.


A bed in some parts of Malaysia consists of a straw  mat on the floor.

Count the number of beds in your house and give 10˘ for each one.


Water means a long walk for many children around the world.

Give 1˘ for every faucet you pass in your house. 


Can you imagine a place without flush toilets? An estimated 2.4 billion people still lack access to improved sanitation.


Give 25˘ for each toilet in your home.


Visit a museum with your family .

Learn at least one thing you did not know about a different culture.

Give 10˘ for every new thing you learned.


Approximately 250 million children from age 5 to 14 work, about half of them full time, many at jobs that are quite dangerous to their health and survival as well as their education.

Give 10˘ for each year of school you hope to complete.


Convert your height to inches and give 10˘  for every inch you stand.



Children are still at risk of Polio in ten countries around the world.


$1 immunizes a child for life against Polio.

How about giving $1 today?!


In both Calcutta, India and in cities across the United States whole families are homeless.  This means standing in long lines at shelters and sleeping on the streets.

Give 10˘ for each coat you own, 20˘ if you haven’t worn it in 6 months.


The Global Polio Eradication Initiative has already helped the polio vaccine reach more than 2 billion children in 122 countries.

Do you have healthy children? Look at them and give what you heart tells you.



Does your family own a car? Most people in the world do not. 

1.2 billion people, half of them children, suffer absolute poverty and struggle to survive on less than $1 a day.

Give 1˘ for each mile you drive today.


Count the change you’ve collected. Could your children help count? If so, add $1.00.

Donate your coins at a Coinstar® machine at participating supermarkets or make out your check to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and continue to count your blessings!

Since 1950, "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" has been responsible for giving a new meaning to Halloween. It means vaccines, clean water and improved nutrition for less fortunate children. It means educating our children about the importance of multiculturalism and community values. 


"Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" funds this year and next will support programs to ensure that polio is the second disease ever eradicated. One dose of the polio vaccine costs only 7 cents. The countdown to certify the world free of polio has begun and can be achieved by 2005. Kids Helping Kids — Eradicating a Killer Disease Forever!


This calendar has been created by the United States Fund for UNICEF, Milwaukee Chapter.