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UNICEF tradition continues on Grand Island

Mon, Oct 19th 2020 07:35 am

Do you still connect dressing up for Halloween with carrying a little orange box for Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF? This is the 70th year of this longest-running youth engagement campaign in America.

Longtime UNICEF chair Lee Tetkowski said that, for most of those years, Grand Island kids voluntarily helped through the schools’ education programs; small businesses cooperated, community donated coins and bills, Scouts sorted and counted, and banks “turned it all into generous checks to our annual UNICEF collection. Grand Island was one of the unique communities in the U. S. to have had a long, uninterrupted, faithful response!

“But as so many other parts of our lives have been turned upside down by the coronavirus, this important tradition has become virtual this year for safety.

“You can still make your contribution by writing a check made out to U. S. Committee for UNICEF and mailing it to: Grand Island UNICEF Chairman, Beth Boron, 120 Bishop’s Gate, Grand Island, NY 14072. She will see that our community receives credit for your donation.”

Tetkowski reports UNICEF has helped reduce deaths among children under the age of 5 by 50% since 1990.

“But much more remains to be done,” she said, adding that 16,000 small children continue to die every day from preventable situations, needing safe water and proper nutrition and basic immunizations.

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