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For Halloween, choose fair trade, UNICEF

 

Kelly Caviness
September/October 2014

Each Halloween, communities show off their "spooky" side, but the popular tradition on Oct. 31 can also benefit others.

Some mainstream corporations exploit smaller farmers and the poor when they purchase the cocoa used in candy. However, Equal Exchange (www.equalexchange.coop), a partner of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, makes it easy for families to purchase fair-trade chocolate for Halloween that helps small farmer cooperatives.

UNICEF (www.unicef.org) encourages families to use Halloween as a time to help others.

Instead of stuffing their bags full of sweets, children who Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF carry specially designed orange boxes on their routes, requesting donations to benefit children in more than 150 countries.

Many issues haunt children worldwide – malnutrition, lack of education, armed conflict and poverty. UNICEF uses the Halloween funds they collect to provide medicine, better nutrition, potable water, education and emergency relief to children in need.

Kelly Caviness, summer intern, United Methodist Communications