Friday, October 29, 2010

trick or treating for a cause

As a child picking out my halloween costume seemed to be the most important aspect of Halloween and trick-or treating. Well, let's be honest; that and deciding who I would be trick-or treating with on that evening. 
I used to love taking my pillow case around from house to house and filling it up with candy. Like Sarah Jessica Parker, I also enjoyed taking my tiny orange Unicef box around with me as well. I only remember doing this a couple of years and at the time I didn't really understand what I was doing.
unicet trick-or-treat kit
Sure my parents explained to me that I was collecting coins to help children all over the world but since I couldn't see my good deed taking shape in front of me; I didn't really get it. My parents, siblings and I did community service at a local level and I adored doing so because I could see a difference being made. Community service at a global level was really hard for me to understand as a 5th grader or even as a middle schooler. 
However, as I grew older the value of the experience in community service stayed with me. The memories of collecting for Unicef stayed with me. I try to take part in community service in any way that I can whether it be initiatives at work or in my personal life. Helping others is the right thing to do. 

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4 thoughts:

la petite coquine said...

What a wonderful reminder on Halloween, to get involved! I remember those Unicef boxes, too, and my total confusion about what exactly all those nickles were going to accomplish. As a kid, my mom ran a local food pantry, and it was wonderful to see real help going to actual people. I hope that as John and I find a real community, we can dig as much into community service as I'd like!

Watkins35 said...

Love this post, great sentiment gina. We don't have the trick or treat for UNICEF over here, but I think we should.
I've always helped my mum with her church work (mainly by donating my time/effort on the computer with all their publicity, etc), & we used to do the Happy Circle when I lived at home - this is a club for seniors where they get together, play games, chat & have tea. x

Cassie said...

What a wonderful memory, Gina, and what a great idea!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, I have such fabulous childhood memories of Halloween! I wore my pin today, love it! XX!

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