by Michael Thompson, Contributing Writer
This Halloween, even if a child does not knock on your door proclaiming, "Trick-or-treat for UNICEF," you might consider a donation to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund.
We may tend to envision our contributions paying for famished children to eat porridge from bowls with their fingers, but UNICEF does much more. Concerns beyond world hunger include schools, medical issues such as AIDS treatment and prevention, and fresh water supplies, just so name some samples.
The annual UNICEF budget is about $2.7 billion, two-third contributed by the governments of United Nations member countries and one-third from 6 million private citizens worldwide like you.
To contribute, visit this website. And always remember, if you are not financially situated to make a cash gift to an organization such as UNICEF, you can always donate your time to your local soup kitchen or to any worthy cause.
UNICEF estimates than 22,000 children in the world pass away each day, what we mean by "pass away" is "die," because of hunger and other poverty-related concerns. This should not be accepted, especially when we consider our comparative wealth.
P.S.: Just because a young American child is trick-or-treating for UNICEF, that doesn't mean you can't give them a candy bar in addition to your UNICEF contribution.
by Linda St.Cyr, Contributing Writer
On October 23rd, the Lafayette area of Indiana was greeted by a horde of zombies going door to door for Zombaid. These were no ordinary zombies though. They were not out for blood or brains but for boxes of food to give to the Food Finders Food Bank. Approximately 60 zombies staggered together down the streets of downtown Lafayette picking up food donations from the local businesses.
Zombaid organizer, Rob Soden (who was a blood spattered Shaun from Shaun of the Dead), was happy to make the event happen saying, "The folks at Food Finders say one pound of food equals one meal for someone." Lafayette's Zombaid brought in over 700lbs of food for the food bank. The numbers of both zombie participants and donations exceeded expectations according to Soden who helped weigh the food as it was brought in.
It wasn't just adults dressed as zombies either. Both children and pets got involved in Zombaid. You can view a video capture of the Zombies of Zombaid as they went door to door here.
Soden told JConline.com, "It was a sea of people. ... I think word of mouth will spread and it will be bigger next year."
Visit Food-Finders to read more about the Zombaid event and other upcoming events.
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