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Dear Diary,


This Halloween, your little monsters can give and get.   When they knock  on neighbors’ doors for candy bars, lollipops and other sweet treats, the can also ask for a charitable donation.  The fundraiser is a part of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, which has raised more than $167 million over the years.  The money your kids collect will go towards providing clean water, nutrition education and more to millions of children in need around the world.


You can order a FREE collection box and select from a cast of characters, such as Count Change-ula and Lady Pennyworth.  Or, for the first time, your child can design his/her own Halloween personality and enter to win the Create-a-Character Contest.


Order your box soon, since it takes 7-10 days to deliver.  In the meantime, you can use your cell phone to contribute to the cause.  Just text the”TOT” to UNICEF (864233) to make a $10.00 donation.

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Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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