As a Muslim who grew up in America as a child, I remember going trick or treating on Halloween with my friends. I remember getting sick from all the candy because I always ate more than I was allowed. I remember the hoopla at school being called a Halloween Party instead of a Harvest Celebration.
Now that I am a Muslim adult, I have carried on the tradition of having children that get sick from too much sugar at Harvest celebrations at school and go trick or treating with their friends. But instead of collecting for candy, they collect for UNICEF. One of a few holidays a year I use to remind my children that while they are celebrating, there are other children less fortunate. Performing zakat is a good reminder that there are other children less fortunate.
They have been collecting for more then 10 years, all the money we matched as their parents. The goal each year is to reach the highest pier, this year it is a School-in-a-Box containing supplies to help 40 refugee children get back to learning and being kids. Our family had previously used these boxes that we have picked up at the local mall.
Fortunately for us, there are no pick up locations in our state (yes, the whole state!) and we must now craft our own box. I’ll show you how to do it below.
You’ll need to paint the lid of your box.
Cut out the UNICEF print out.
You’ll need to turn it over and add Mod Podge to the back of the paper. Add another later to the box.
Carefully add the print out to the box bottom.
Add pompoms to the top with glue.
Add a little glue to the side of the lid to attach the black feather boa.
Use the awl to poke a hole in the side of the box.
Poke another hole on the opposite side and add the ribbon.
Tie the ribbon on the inside.
Once the top is dry, add it to the box and you are ready to go!
Stop by other ways we collect money to donate by visiting our Zakat tutorials.
Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more tutorials.