Junior Optimist Club to collect for United Nations Oct. 27

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

CHILLICOTHE — It is trick-or-treat season, but not all the trick-or-treaters this year will be asking for candy, and some will be knocking on your door a few days early. On Oct. 27, members of the IVC Junior Optimist International (JOI) club will be going door to door in Chillicothe collecting for the United Nation’s Children’s Fund, or UNICEF. Students dressed in costume will travel throughout the community trick-or-treating for spare change rather than candy.  Your donations contribute to UNICEF’s lifesaving efforts at home and abroad.  

UNICEF helps the most disadvantaged children in over 156 countries and territories around the world by providing immunizations, education, healthcare, nutrition, clean water and sanitation – many of the advantages that local kids take for granted every day.

Kendra Selby, JOI Club Vice-President, is one of the organizers for this event.

Selby said, “Even pocket change will go a long way! Sixty-seven years ago, this annual tradition began and has raised more than $175 million since then from large and small donations.”

Recently, with so many children affected by disaster, UNICEF needs your help now more than ever!  This year’s donations will support UNICEF’s emergency relief work for young victims of hurricanes and earthquakes.  UNICEF USA is mobilizing to get immediate, critical support — Emergency Relief Kits — to the children of southern United States and Central America. These kits contain basic, essential supplies such as water purification tablets, a water bucket with lid, water containers, soap, toothpaste, detergent and sanitary pads. The supplies will help children and their families keep clean and healthy, protecting them from diseases that can occur after the loss of equipment and infrastructure and the disruption of a safe water supply.

IVC’s Junior Optimist International club members will be trick-or-treating for UNICEF on Friday, Oct. 27 between 4 and 6 p.m. Be on the lookout for them with your spare change in hand!