56 years ago a group of children in Philadelphia went door-to-door on Halloween collecting money for children overseas as a result of seeing reports of children suffering after World War II. Then it was just five children who wanted to make a difference, this year it is hoped that children across the country will help to save the lives of their poverty stricken peers around the world.
The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States was accredited to the United Nations in 1947, the same year that UNICEF was. Jeffery Huffines, U.S. Baha’i representative to the United Nations, has said that “By partnering with UNICEF, Baha’is have the opportunity to put our moral principles of compassion and reducing poverty into practice.”
Children taking part in the project will carry the special orange box pictured right, so if you’re in the USA and spot a witch or a monster carrying this box on October 31st, chances are that they are not at all evil.