Youth from First United Methodist Church in Dyersburg will be trick-or-treating early this year.
But instead of bags stretched out for candy, these youngsters will be coming around Dyersburg neighborhoods with orange cans asking for donations to the United Nation's Children's Fund.
The trick-or-treating will begin at 3 p.m. today. "We won't be able to get all of Dyersburg, but hopefully we'll hit several neighborhoods," said youth minister Brad Mills.
Since UNICEF began in 1950, children in the United States have raised more than $110 million for their peers around the world. That money has provided clean water, sanitation, healthcare, better nutrition, education and emergency relief to children in over 160 countries and territories.
This year, UNICEF funds will go to help the global initiative to eradicate polio. "We're proud to be a part of it," Mills said.
Those who do not get trick-or-treated Sunday, but would like to help UNICEF, can take their donations to the church or mail them to the church's financial secretary at P.O. Box 452, Dyersburg TN 38025. Be sure that donations are designated for the UNICEF fund.
Last year, FUMC youth raised almost $700 for the fund.