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Just days before Halloween, Sarah Jessica Parker appeared on ABC News speaking to Diane Sawyer in support of UNICEF’s trick-or-treat campaign.

The actress spoke of early experiences going door to door on Halloween carrying her own orange-colored cardboard box, soliciting donations in addition to asking for candy: “I am not making this up. My oldest memory is trick-or-treating with UNICEF.”

The renowned UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) trick-or-treat campaign can trace its roots to 1950 when a group of trick-or-treating children in Philadelphia collected $17 to go towards aiding victims of post-World War II Europe. It has since come to raise a total of $132 million in the United States and $80.5 million in Canada.

“What UNICEF does,” Parker said, “is it goes to the children that are most in peril, countries with man-made and nature-made crises, and changes lives.”

And now that Parker has a child of her own – a four-year old named James – she looks forward to passing on what she calls an “American tradition of volunteerism, responsibility [and] commitment to others.”

“I’m so happy to walk around with these UNICEF boxes and with my son and try to go monitor his candy.”

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