CREATIVE FUNDRAISERS10 Ways You Can Help Kids with Cancer in Decemberby Rebecca BernotDecember 6, 2013
If you’ve already been to our Moments Like This page, then you know we have lots of great suggestions for how you can raise money for childhood cancer research this holiday season. But how, exactly, might tree trimming and gift wrapping benefit children with cancer? Allow us to elaborate:
Some people see the task of stringing all the lights on their Christmas tree and unpacking boxes and boxes of ornaments as more cumbersome than enjoyable. Why not offer to do it for them in exchange for a donation? You can also offer to un-decorate (and repack all those boxes) and take down the tree after the holidays – a much more dreaded task. Or, what if you love decorating your tree so much that you want to turn it into a tree trimming party? Make it a fundraising party for pediatric cancer research by asking everyone who attends to make a donation. Chances are you know someone who has a lot of presents to wrap. Maybe they’re not good at wrapping, or maybe they just don’t have the time. Offer them your time and skills in exchange for a donation. The snow looks pretty when it’s falling, but no one likes the sight of a snow-covered driveway, especially when they have someplace to be! Why not gather a group of friends (and a group of snow shovels) and go door-to-door in your neighborhood, offering to shovel driveways for a fee? Note: kids should never go door-to-door without the supervision of a parent or trusted adult. The amount you charge can vary based on the size of the driveway and the snowfall, but just make sure that people know where the money’s going, and you can always ask them what they think would be a fair donation for your services. If you live someplace warmer where it doesn’t snow but the leaves are still falling, you can still rake leaves for childhood cancer Are you a marathon baker? Is your cookie recipe book diverse and well-worn? Then maybe you should offer your baking skills to those of us who are less talented in the kitchen, but might still have plenty of holiday parties to attend or host. Consider getting the word out with flyers or maybe even an ad in the newspaper or your church bulletin. Take orders ahead of time so you’re not overwhelmed and so you don’t lose sales to the parties that might come early this year. Give the gift of childhood cancer research as part of your Secret Santa present. You can even customize the e-card for the recipient and print it so they can see just how meaningful their gift is. Not involved in a Secret Santa gift exchange? When friends and family ask you what you want for Christmas, tell them you’d like a donation to St. Baldrick’s in your name. You don’t need another tie or bath set, anyway. Turn your holiday party into a fundraiser for kids with cancer! It’s that simple. (That’s how St. Baldrick’s was born, anyway!) In addition to asking for a donation at the door, consider asking local shops and restaurants to donate a gift card to the cause, and then have attendees purchase raffle tickets for the prizes. Lots of people want a family photo to commemorate the holidays. If you’re a photographer, consider offering your services for a fee and pay it forward to kids with cancer. Gather a group of friends, dress in your best holiday garb (extra points for reindeer antlers!), and carol door-to-door. Collect donations and make sure everyone you carol for knows what cause they’re supporting. Not a good singer? Who cares! Caroling is fun, and it’s all about the holiday spirit and making a brighter future for children with cancer. What’s your idea? Share it with us in the comments section below!
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