Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began 67 years ago as a way to help kids still affected by World War II. Since then, millions of children across the United States have gone door to door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!" The annual tradition of Kids Helping Kids® — involving donations big and small — has helped to raise more than $175 million since 1950.

Fiendishly Asked Questions

Contact

How do I update my contact information or that of my school?

Please email us or call 1.800.FOR.KIDS.

Donations

Is there a deadline for turning in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations?

The 2017 campaign runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. But you can help save and protect children any time of the year by donating to UNICEF right now! Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF funds submitted after June 30 will be applied to the next year’s campaign.

Can Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations be earmarked for a specific person, project, school or country?

UNICEF reaches millions of children in over 190 countries and territories by supporting broad-based programs and projects. UNICEF operates at the highest levels of government to help shape national agendas for children while supporting program implementation in the field. This approach gives UNICEF unique insights into how best to save and protect the world’s children, but it doesn’t allow us to fund a specific person, project, school or country.

What are Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations used for?

This year, funds raised through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF will support UNICEF’s emergency relief work for children affected by recent disasters. Since 1950, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF funds have helped UNICEF save and improve children's lives around the world through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation, emergency relief, and more.

Can I or my school/group collect supplies for the children of a specific country?

While UNICEF appreciates your spirit of giving, we are only able to accept monetary donations. Cash can make a much stronger impact and save more lives because it:

  • Allows disaster relief professionals to procure exactly what is needed;
  • Is much more efficient and cost-effective to administer;
  • Can pay for relief supplies and programs located nearer to the affected area because transport costs can outweigh the value of materials donated;
  • Supports the economy of the region affected, providing employment and income; and
  • Ensures culturally, dietary and environmentally appropriate giving.
What is your Coinstar® machine code?

UNICEF USA code for Coinstar® machines is 5555.

Will I pay a fee for using a Coinstar® machine to donate my coins?

No, you won't. You or your school/group will get a tax-deductible receipt with mailing instructions if you or your school/group would like to receive an acknowledgment from the UNICEF USA. To find your closest Coinstar® machine, visit their kiosk finder. Please mail your receipt to:

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
UNICEF USA
125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

Key Clubs, K-Kids Clubs, Builder's Clubs, Aktion Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs

What is The Eliminate Project?

Kiwanis International and UNICEF joined forces to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) worldwide. This historic initiative, called The Eliminate Project, aims to put an end to this cruel, centuries-old disease. It will also help pave the way for the delivery of other lifesaving services, such as clean water, nutrition and other vaccines. UNICEF USA and Kiwanis International are working to raise $110 million to provide women with lifesaving vaccines to protect them and their future newborns. For more information, please visit TheEliminateProject.org.

How does the Key Club and UNICEF Partnership work?

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has empowered generations to make lasting change in their global community by collecting donations on Halloween to help save and protect children. Key Club has been Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF since 1994, raising over $7 million. Combating iodine deficiency worldwide and HIV and AIDS in Kenya and Swaziland are just some of the programs Key Club has supported. Since 2011, Key Club’s Trick-or-Treat donations have funded The Eliminate Project, which supports the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus globally. For more information, visit TheEliminateProject.org/KeyClub or unicefusa.org/mission/survival/immunization/tetanus/eliminate.

How can Key Club members participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF?

After Labor Day, every club that has Trick-or-Treated for UNICEF over the past two years will receive a fundraising kit that includes Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection boxes, a welcome letter, useful information on the campaign, a Kiwanis-family gift form and a return envelope. Check the participating club list on The Eliminate Project’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF site to see if your club will receive a fundraising kit. All Kiwanis-family programs, including Circle K International, are encouraged to get involved. So, if your club did not participate last year but would like to — or if you need additional boxes — please visit TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat, where you’ll also find more fundraising ideas. There are numerous ways to rally your club members and raise funds.

Does Circle K still participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF?

This year, all funds raised by Circle K International members will go towards their WASH project, benefitting UNICEF’s WASH programs in Haiti. Learn more about the WASH project, and order boxes, visit circlek.org/wash.

Where do I send the funds I have raised with my Key Club/Kiwanis Club/Circle K Club/Builders Club/K Kids Club/Aktion Club?

Once you’ve collected all of your donations, send a check or money order (made payable to the Kiwanis Children's Fund) and your completed gift form to:

Kiwanis Children's Fund
P.O. Box 6457 – Dept. #286
Indianapolis, IN 46206
ATTN: Trick-or-Treat

Write your club name or club number on the memo line of the check so your club’s efforts can be recognized.
Download Gift form for Aktion Club, Builders Club, K-Kids, Key Club and Kiwanis Clubs here
Download Gift form for Circle K Clubs here

Materials, Orders and Acknowledgments

When can I order?

Online ordering for 2017 is open! Please order your boxes using our online form before October 25, 2017.

When should I expect my supplies?

Orders will start shipping after Labor Day. Please allow up to 5 business days for your order to be processed for shipping. Most orders will be shipped via UPS Ground. When your order ships you will receive a shipping confirmation email with tracking information. To track your package you can:

  • Check UPS' status via the tracking number provided in your email
  • Email us or call 1.800.FOR.KIDS with your tracking number, if possible
When will acknowledgment letters and certificates of appreciation be sent?

Please allow at least three–four weeks from the date UNICEF received your donation for your acknowledgment letter and certificate of appreciation to be delivered. If it has been more than 4 weeks, please email us or call (800) FOR-KIDS.

The acknowledgment letter I received is wrong. Can you send a correction?

Please call (800) FOR-KIDS with the following information:

Your Name
Name of Organization
Address
City
State
Zip Code
Gift Amount

Once UNICEF receives this information, it will take at least two–three weeks for your new acknowledgment letter to be delivered. Please note that Coinstar® receipts receive their own acknowledgements; therefore you may receive more than one thank you letter!

Can I order extra education and/or fundraising materials?

If you did not receive the quantity necessary to implement Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF at your school you can email us or call (800) FOR-KIDS and we will do our best to assist you. Otherwise, we believe it’s our responsibility to use every dollar we receive wisely. We print limited education and fundraising materials for schools and community groups to keep our costs low so that UNICEF can help more children. Our materials can be downloaded at trickortreatforunicef.org/resources. Families and individuals can also set up fundraisers online at crowdrise.com/trickortreatforunicef.

What is Crowdrise?

Individuals and families can Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF online this year through Crowdrise — an online community that makes it fun and easy to raise funds by involving friends and personal networks. For more information on how Crowdrise works please see their FAQs. Please see our resources page for ways to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF offline.

How can I/my school/group support UNICEF year-round?

How can I/my school/group support UNICEF year-round?

Visit the UNICEF USA Volunteers section at unicefusa.org/volunteers to find out about other great resources and volunteer opportunities for kids over age 13 and grown-ups.

Can a UNICEF staff person come and speak at my school/group meeting?

UNICEF USA's Global Citizenship Fellows would also love to connect with you and potentially engage your school or group in a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF presentation. UNICEF USA has Fellows in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/North Texas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami/Dade, Nashville, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. If you live in another part of the country, we can also offer a virtual UNICEF Live! presentation. Please email globalcitizenship@unicefusa.org to connect with a Fellow near you.

Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF has made me want to be a better global citizen. How can I do more?

Please join our vast network of volunteers across the United States who have supported UNICEF's lifesaving work for over 70 years through fundraising, advocacy and education. You can learn more about volunteering here!

Additional questions

Is there a cut-off day to order boxes?

If you want to order boxes off the website as a school or a group, you need to place your order by October 25th. This includes if you are a member of Key Club or Circle K Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. If you are ordering boxes off the website as an individual, you must place your order by October 15th. Please note that as an individual, you can order up to 5 boxes. After the cutoff dates for online ordering, you can still get a box by visiting participating movie theaters or downloading the do-it-yourself can-wrap at any time—even last minute! 

Can I rush order my boxes?

Group orders can be rushed by calling 800-FOR-KIDS. However, we can’t handle rush orders for individuals. If you need a box in a hurry, use our do-it-yourself printable label found on the Get Your Box page.

When will my boxes arrive?

All orders are shipped to arrive before October 30. If you are ordering as a school or a group, please allow up to 5 business days for your order to be processed for shipping. Most orders will be shipped via UPS Ground. You can track your shipment from your shipping confirmation email. If you are ordering as an individual, your boxes will be shipped on October 16th. You will receive a tracking number once your boxes have been shipped. On rare occasions, boxes may get lost by mistake during shipment. Please contact customer service at 800-FOR-KIDS if you believe your package is lost and need a replacement.

Is there a cut-off day to order boxes?

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF funds help save children’s lives in over 190 countries and territories through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. For 2017, donations have been earmarked to provide emergency relief for children affected by recent emergencies in the Caribbean, Mexico, Puerto Rico and others around the world. After all donations have been submitted, UNICEF will identify the countries where the needs are greatest and will report on the specific programs to which the money has been allocated. All of our work, everywhere, springs from the belief that we must lead and inspire the world to put children first. Your donation is crucial to reaching that goal.

Can I request my collected donations be directed to a specific person, project, school or country?

UNICEF reaches millions of children in over 190 countries and territories by supporting broad-based programs and projects. UNICEF operates at the highest levels of government to help shape national agendas for children while supporting program implementation in the field. This approach gives UNICEF unique insights into how best to save and protect the world’s children, but it doesn’t allow us to fund a specific person, project, school or country. 

Can I collect supplies for children of a specific country?

While UNICEF appreciates your spirit of giving, we are only able to accept monetary donations. Cash can make a much stronger impact and save more lives because it:  1. Allows disaster relief professionals to procure exactly what is needed 2. Is much more efficient and cost-effective to administer 3. Can pay for relief supplies and programs located nearer to the affected area because transport costs can outweigh the value of materials donated 4. Supports the economy of the region affected, providing employment and income 5. Ensures culturally, dietarily and environmentally appropriate giving.

How do I turn in my collected donations?

After you have collected your donations, come back to this website and click the “Donate” button. Count up your contributions and make a donation for the total amount. You can donate online, by mail, by phone or at local Coinstar machines.

Is there a time limit for submitting donations?

The 2017 campaign runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. But you can help save and protect children any time of the year by donating to UNICEF right now! Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF funds submitted after June 30 will be applied to the next year’s campaign.

Can I send cash through the mail?

Do not send cash through the mail. You can take coins to a local Coinstar machine, or make an equivalent donation with for the amount collected using your credit card or a check. 

Can someone write a check as a donation?

We happily accept checks. Have them made out to UNICEF USA with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in the memo line. Please send any collected checks to UNICEF USA by mail, using the donation form on the Donate page. Receipts will be mailed to the name and address that appears on the check.

Can someone text a donation? 

Yes. Have the donor text TOT to UNICEF (864233) to make a $10 donation.

Who gets the tax deduction for submitted donations?

If your child collects cash, and you make a donation of equivalent value, you will be able to deduct the amount from your taxes. Any donor who writes a check will receive a receipt acknowledging the deductible amount. If you are remitting donations on behalf of an organization the recognition will be for the organization and not the individual.

How do I submit my donations via a Coinstar® machine?

Coinstar® machines are good ways to donate a large number of collected coins. To find a machine near you, visit their kiosk finder. The UNICEF USA code for Coinstar® machines to avoid paying a fee is 5555.

Will I pay a fee for using a Coinstar® machine to donate my coins?

No, you won't. You or your school/group will get a tax-deductible receipt with mailing instructions if you or your school/group would like to receive an acknowledgment from the UNICEF USA. To find your closest Coinstar® machine, visit their kiosk finder. Please mail your receipt to: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
UNICEF USA
125 Maiden Lane
 New York, NY 10038 

How do I find out who won the Behind the Screams sweepstakes? 

One winner will be selected on November 1st and contacted via email. We will also list the winner on the Terms and Conditions on November 1st. 

Are there activities I can do to help teach my kids how to collect donations? 

Practicing with your kids is a great way to get them to learn how to collect donations while trick-or-treating (you might even give them their first donation!). Parents can help prepare kids by asking them questions about why they want to help other children. Parents can also prepare kids that it’s okay if the person they ask to donate says no. Children should smile and thank the person, whether the person donates or not.

Is there a way for kids or families who do not Trick-or-Treat to get involved? 

We welcome anyone interested in contributing their time and effort to UNICEF, like becoming an advocate or forming a club or organizing a fundraiser. Visit the UNICEF USA Volunteers section at unicefusa.org/volunteers.  to find out about other great resources and volunteer opportunities for grown-ups and kids over age 13. 

What can my school, my community, or I do to help support UNICEF year-round? 

Visit the UNICEF USA Volunteers section at unicefusa.org/volunteers  to find out about other great resources and volunteer opportunities for grown-ups and kids over age 13. Kids can also get a UNICEF Kid Power Band, where they transform their activity into lifesaving assistance to other kids around the world. Elementary schools can incorporate our educational resources and apply to participate in UNICEF Kid Power.

Trick-or-treating for UNICEF has made me want to be a better global citizen. How can I do more? 

Please join our vast network of volunteers across the United States who have increased awareness about child survival, advocated on behalf of, and raised or leveraged funds for UNICEF for nearly 70 years. You can learn more about volunteering here!