UNICEF to end Halloween 'orange box' program
Updated Wed. May. 31 2006 6:35 AM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
They are as much a part of Halloween as costumes and candy but UNICEF has decided to cancel their orange box door-to-door fundraising drive.
After 50 years and millions of dollars raised, the program is being cancelled because of administrative and security issues.
For many schools, counting all the coins collected has become an arduous task. Some administrators spent all day sorting out the money.
Safety is the other issue as parents voiced concerns about sending kids from door-to-door with money.
But the tradition will be missed by some families who say the program helped their kids to cultivate the giving spirit.
Claire Ryan said her sons, Leo and Max, learned from the program.
"They get so many candies and Max really did understand what it was for -- that so many kids don't get candies."
UNICEF's Barbara Strang said she will miss the tradition that she remembers taking part in.
"I myself have great memories of carrying the box, I can hear change jingling and feeling the weight of coins in the box."
The program started in the 1950s with a youth group in Philadelphia. The children carried empty milk cartons and collected $17 to help children overseas.
But all is not lost as UNICEF is planning a different Halloween program that will include pledges and bake sales.
"My kids have been carrying the box but they're going to grow up with different memories of Halloween because the program will continue," Strang said.
With a report from CTV's Genevieve Beauchemin