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Oops! UNICEF mistakenly sends woman 20,000 Halloween boxes

Oops! UNICEF mistakenly sends woman 20,000 Halloween boxes
Photos courtesy of Ellen Rice

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- An Olympia parent received an unexpected delivery on Monday when UNICEF mistakenly sent her 20,000 "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" boxes.

Ellen Rice had requested a few of the boxes -- which are used to collect coins for UNICEF -- to use at a local school's Fall Festival.

She said those boxes came on time for the Saturday event, but then Monday rolled around and she got another, much larger shipment from the organization. Rice isn't sure why, but they sent her 20,000 additional trick-or-treat boxes.

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, according to The Olympian.

Rice told The Olympian that UNICEF has agreed to collect and dispose of the extra boxes, but 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.

She said she would be willing to meet anyone in Thurston County if they would like to pick up any of the boxes.

Rice can be reached by email at ekingrice@comcast.net