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JFK’s Humanitarian Halloween

When Halloween came around in 1960 John F. Kennedy, while campaigning for president, came across a unique trick or treat event. This ghoulish party was not about collecting candy but instead raising money for the UN agency fighting child hunger and disease-UNICEF.

JFK loved it! Kennedy remarked at a shopping plaza in Willow Grove where the UNICEF party took place, “I think that is in the best tradition of this country’s humane and sympathetic effort.” Kennedy continued speaking about fighting hunger and disease in his short speech.

In fact, when JFK became president he even issued a statement from the White House in support of Halloween trick or treat for UNICEF. Kennedy said “UNICEF has caught the imagination of our people–especially our nation’s children whose Halloween collections have become a symbol of concern and an expression of tangible aid.”

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Newsweek Oped on Halloween and Feeding the Hungry

The National Retail Federation says Halloween spending on candy and costumes will reach 9.1 billion this year.

To put that in perspective, the U.S. Food for Peace program, which fights world hunger, normally gets around 1.5 billion in funding a year.

The U.S. McGovern-Dole program, which feeds hungry school children overseas, might get 200 million a year from Congress.

Now imagine if even just a portion of that 9.1 billion from Halloween went to feed the hungry. The ghost of Halloween’s past tells us it can.

See my full commentary at Newsweek.

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Displaced Iraqi child longs for sweets

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Halloween ushers in season of the silent guest

During the Halloween of 1947, plans were being made for the arrival of the “silent guest” into homes across America. It was not a horror movie, but just the opposite.

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Halloween event seeks to scare off hunger

According to Feeding America, Spokane county’s rate of hunger is 15.4 percent. The child hunger rate exceed 22 percent. Food assistance is needed to give families that safety net as they struggle to escape poverty.

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Halloween food drive shadowed by ghostly legend

But just a stone’s throw away from the festivities are the mysterious woods along the Ohio River. They have a ghostly tale of their own.

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Feeding America wants food drives for Halloween

It’s not too early to plan a bit for Halloween. You can feel it starting to get cooler outside. The night of ghouls and goblins will sneak up on us soon.

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