Kiwanis President Crystal Eastman wants to get the word out that the Helena-West Helena civic club is again participating in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF project.
According to Eastman the funds collected this year will go to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. UNICEF reports that a newborn baby dies every nine minutes from tetanus and over 100 million women in more than 25 countries are in desperate need of help.
UNICEF information reveals that just $1.80 in U.S. dollars can protect a woman and her future newborns from this painful disease.
“Through the UNICEF effort, the disease has been eradicated in three countries,” stated Eastman. “A previous UNICEF project also was successful in eliminating iodine deficiency in several countries.”
Eastman passed out collection boxes to the Kiwanis members present at their Oct. 9 luncheon meeting. The members were encouraged to place the boxes in a prominent location in their place of business.
Kiwanis International and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have enjoyed a lengthy partnership. Since 1964, Kiwanis clubs across the country have raised nearly $6 million through the Halloween-based Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program.
Look for collection boxes in participating businesses in the area, or save you quarters, nickels and dimes when you hear, “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” at your front door on Halloween night.