Olympia woman gets shipment of 20,000 UNICEF boxes by mistake

Staff writerOctober 29, 2013 

Griffin School District parent Ellen Rice got a shipment Monday containing an extra 20,000 "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" boxes, and now she's trying to get them into children's hands in time for Halloween.

Rice explained that she had requested a smaller number of the boxes for Griffin School's Fall Festival that occurred this past Saturday.

She said received those boxes in time for the event, and it went off without a hitch, with children collecting coins for the UNICEF trick or treat boxes that can be donated at Coinstar machines throughout Thurston County.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, collects coins year round for needy children in more than 190 countries, promoting health care, sanitation, nutrition, education and emergency relief.

Rice said by some mistake or glitch on UNICEF's part, she received an extra 20,000 UNICEF trick or treat boxes at her home on Monday. She said UNICEF has agreed to collect and dispose of the extra boxes, but instead, she wants to see if there are any local school groups that can take some of them and use them to collect coins for UNICEF.

Already, a couple of local school groups have agreed to pick up a total of about 500 boxes, she said.

Groups or organizations that want to pick up some of the extra trick or treat boxes can email her at ekingrice@comcast.net, or call her directly at 360-866-2468. For more information on UNICEF's trick-or-treat program, go to trickortreatforunicef.org.


Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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