FREMONT - It’s that time of year, when area children have the opportunity to carry an orange UNICEF box while they are out trick-or-treating.

The tradition of ‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’ began in 1950 in the United States when Philadelphia school children first went door-to-door on Halloween collecting money in decorated milk cartons to help the world’s children. They raised a grand total of $17.00, kicking off a campaign that now has millions of children around the world participating every year during the month of October. U.S. children have collected $119 million by going door-to-door with the trademark orange collection boxes and through fundraisers. An additional $69 million has been raised by other children in other countries. All Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF money is used to provide medicine, better nutrition, clean water, education, emergency relief and other support to children in more than 160 countries.

Last year $218.13 was sent to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in Washington, DC on behalf of Fremont and our surrounding community! During the month of October, an orange UNICEF box will be on the counters of Liberty Square Market (corner of Sandown Rd. and Main St.) and Village Market (corner of Routes 107 and 111A) to accept donations of spare change. And, for a third year, the Fremont Pizzeria Restaurant will match the donations put into these two UNICEF boxes!

Children who would like to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year may go to the Safety Complex and ask Mary, the Police Department’s Administrative Assistant, for an orange UNICEF box during the week of October 22nd between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to12 noon, and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The community has the opportunity to participate by dropping a few coins or a dollar bill into the orange box when you hear a little voice say “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF”, Loose change adds up quickly!

To find out more about UNICEF, visit them online at www.unicefusa.org or call 1-800-4UNICEF. If you have any questions regarding Fremont’s participation, please contact Faith Levesque at 679-9537.

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