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Kids will collect for UNICEF

Staff reports

Members of the community are invited to join the kids of the Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Trick or Treating for UNICEF on Sunday, Oct. 31. This program has been in existence for nearly 50 years, and it benefits an estimated 7 million children per year.

Adults, as well as kids, are encouraged to participate in this excellent opportunity to provide a lesson in community service and global citizenship.

The activity is open to all, said Cindy McIntosh.

Participants will gather at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church at 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville at 5:30 p.m. A short introductory video will be shown to explain the program more fully, and then small groups will go door to door to collect for UNICEF. Groups will be out from approximately 5 to 6:45 p.m., and adult supervision will be provided.

Upon return to the church, hot chocolate and refreshments will be enjoyed by all, and the total amount collected will be announced before the evening’s conclusion at 7:30 p.m.

“For those of you who are visited, please know that no amount is too small,” McIntosh said. “Pennies and nickels add up to significant differences in the lives of children who do not have basic needs in health, nutrition, education and sanitation.”

There are approximately 2 billion children in the world, an estimated 25 percent of whom live in poverty. A mere 6 cents will provide three vitamin A capsules to protect a child against blindness and other health risks for one year, and $1 provides polio vaccine for four children.

Your help will make those differences happen. For questions, call McIntosh at 782-4600.