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Letter: UNICEF looks past politics to kids

UNICEF's bright orange "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" box

UNICEF's bright orange "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" box Credit: /

William F.B. O'Reilly's opinion piece, "My parents were right about North Korea" [March 26], bizarrely misrepresents the work of UNICEF -- a humanitarian organization that has helped save more children's lives than any other and has won the Nobel Peace Prize. He further suggests that American children should not participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the oldest and most respected kids-helping-kids program in history.

Thankfully, Americans have never believed that children are disposable simply because they may have been born in a country with whose government we disagree. Since 1950, millions of American children, teachers, parents and faith-based groups have participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, raising more than $165 million for children. That money provides health services, clean water, nutrition, education, protection and emergency relief to children no matter where they live.

We respectfully suggest that O'Reilly do as UNICEF does, and put children's lives before personal politics. And we'll save him an orange box in October.

Caryl M. Stern, Manhattan

Editor's note: The writer is the chief executive of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, which supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.