By Megan Spees
Before spending Tuesday evening collecting candy on Beggars’ Night, Keokuk families are urged to go out Monday and Trick-or-Treat for the United Nations Children’s Fund.
This is the third year that a local trick-or-treating campaign has been organized by Keokuk for Global Aid and Awareness, a group dedicated to educating the community about international issues.
Young people and the young at heart will spend Monday evening collecting monetary donations for UNICEF. This year’s proceeds will go to the Iowa United Nations Association’s goal of raising more than $10,000 throughout Iowa for UNICEF through this campaign.
Collection boxes are available at the Keokuk Public Library, 210 N. Fifth St., or by emailing email@example.com. Boxes should be dropped off from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday in the library lobby.
UNICEF works in 190 countries to save the lives of the 19,000 children who die each day of preventable causes.
Since 1990, UNICEF and its partners have helped to lower the preventable child mortality rate by 40 percent. That equates to the lives of 7,000 children saved each day.
“With the equivalent of nearly twice the population of Keokuk dying each day of preventable causes, there is much more to be done in order to make this number zero,” said Blake McGhghy, a Keokuk High School senior who serves as an intern for the Iowa UN Association. “This year is the third year of the campaign, and each year it has grown. We expect an even better turnout this year.
“The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign is a tremendous way to expose kids and the next generation to global issues, especially those related to hunger and poverty,” McGhghy added. “They realize that often times, it is only cents that stand between life and death for children an ocean away.”
Boxes are located at the cash registers of 40 local businesses through Wednesday. For more information, visit unicefusa.org.