Yesterday, I shared about a project we are doing to raise funds for orphans in Africa to have warm beds and full tummies.
Are you joining in? I hope so! I’ll be sharing our project next week!
I presented the need to my girls, and they immediately came up with some great ideas to raise funds. First, they wanted to do a car wash. Then a bake sale. Then a lemonade stand. My seven year old said she’d give the money she usually gets for her birthday. Oh, my Mommy’s heart.
If your kids are looking for ideas, here are some to get your conversation rolling:
Offer services in exchange for donations. Can your kids babysit? Wash cars, mow lawns, pull weeds? Wash dishes? Mop floors? Send them to my house! Or, if sending them to a might-be-psycho-for-all-we-know blogger freaks you out, maybe a neighbor or family member will be willing to hire them.
Our church used to have a slave auction each year with the high schoolers. Congregation members bid on students and overpaid for us, then put us to work. I can tell you I never pulled $100 worth of weeds in my pastor’s garden, but he paid it just the same!
Get creative! Bake cookies, Make handmade cards. Make bracelets. Heck, squeeze some lemons and make lemonade! Remember, the rule of thumb when raising money for a good cause is to overcharge. When else will your mother-in-law pay $5 for a half dozen cookies? 🙂
Sell Junk! Get a rummage sale together with a group of friends, or do a yard sale! Put some stuff on ebay!
Ask! There’s nothing wrong with writing letters and asking straight out for donations. Maybe far away grandparents or local businesses will participate! If no goods or services are exchanged, then all donations are tax-deductible.
Think out of the box. Kids are so great at this, so encourage their creativity and run with it!
Let your kids pick and choose what to do and see how God works through them!
Remember, as you are raising money with your little ones to pray over the children you’ll be blessing!
Have your kids come up with a project yet?