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10/28/2019
Fundraiser

Like the kids, we’re thinking about candy. But maybe we should be thinking about something else.

One of the sweetest days in terms of treats is coming up with Halloween.

Halloween is Thursday, and kids will be out in costume going door to door or the like collecting candy and other treats.

In the Jackson and Monroe street neighborhood, hundreds of kids will make the rounds and go home loaded with sweets.

Then their parents — in most cases — will sift through the lot and attempt to reduce the potential for sugar-related effects and behavior.

Much of the candy will be disposed of right then and there, or it will become stale over time and be thrown out.

Such a waste — of the money employed to pay for it.

It isn’t like that in every instance. Some kids trick-or-treat for UNICEF.

UNICEF, which originally stood for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, was established following World War II to assist children in Europe and China. It was expanded to include other nations and became the United Nations Children’s Fund — all before 1955.

The proceeds from Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF provide water, food, school supplies, blankets and the like for these children.

UNICEF is a worthy cause. But Ketchikan has causes that could benefit from such a collection, especially before the holidays.

It’s too late for this year, but Halloween is an opportunity for one local charity or another to adopt the “holiday” as a fundraiser.

It’s a fundraiser looking for a cause.