PIQUA — Piqua High School Key Club and Piqua Junior High Builders Club will continue their support of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. during Trick-or-Treat night in Piqua. The youth groups are sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club of Piqua.
Now in its 23rd year of partnership, Key Club and Builders Club have raised over $5 million for UNICEF. For more than 60 years, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has served as the Original Kids Helping Kids campaign. In 1950, children across America were inspired to collect coins for UNICEF to aid children abroad enduring the after-effects of World War II. It was not just a charity effort—it was a call to end the needless suffering of their more vulnerable peers around the globe. Since then, for generations of Americans, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has been a powerful way to make a different in the lives of the world’s children.
This year, all monies collected will be used to support the Kiwanis International Eliminate Project. The Eliminate Project has been adopted by Kiwanis and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). “MNT kills one baby every nine minutes,” said Kelly Meckstroth, local Kiwanis Club chairperson. “The effects of the disease are excruciating—tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. A significant number of women die from MNT each year too.”
“The high school and junior high students will be carrying orange UNICEF boxes collecting money to aid those less fortunate throughout the world, according to Kim Bean, Key Club adviser at PHS, and Lisa Butt, Builders Club adviser at PJHS. “We have been doing this for many years and the kids all get excited about doing something to help others,” they added. “It’s a great way to promote service and give to others. We hope the community will continue their support of this wonderful project.”