Do you ever get inspired to do more for charity, but aren’t sure where to start? My recent encounter with a national cancer support organization certainly got me thinking of ways my family and I could do a little more. So, I’ve been looking for some activities that everyone can get involved in, and thought I would share them with you today.
I think it’s a great idea to get kids participating in charitable activities as soon as possible. It’s an important life lesson to learn that there are people who are less fortunate than you in terms of health, finances, and just plain bad luck.
A little perspective in a child’s younger years might help them grow to be compassionate human beings. And I would guess that’s something everyone wants for their kids, right? That said, it’s important to make your fundraising activities as fun and engaging as possible. Hopefully, the following ideas might be suitable for you – and them!
I don’t know if there is a child on earth who doesn’t like getting involved in the kitchen – especially when it comes to baking cakes. Throw in an afternoon selling them in your front yard or local community center, and I’m pretty sure that would make a perfect day for them.
It’s a great way to raise awareness for your favorite charity while raising a few dollars for them. And think of the life skills you’ll be teaching your kids, too. Baking, business, and an enormous lesson in self-control. If they manage to make it through the day without pinching a few cakes, make sure you give them a just reward!
Exercise is vital for all of us – especially our children. So why not organize a sports day for your friends, family, and local community? You can pick up a few bits of equipment for a few dollars – or maybe even borrow them from your local school.
Prizes don’t have to cost too much – you can grab some cheap medals, or even something appropriate to the charity you are fundraising for. Take these pink wristbands for breast cancer as an example. Charge everyone an entry fee, and perhaps find a wholesale source for drinks that you can sell on the day.
You could run a raffle on the day, too – or perhaps even run a sportsbook to place fantasy bets, with the winner getting a nice prize. It’s a fun day out that you and your family will love to be involved in, and there’s a good chance of raising a significant amount.
Charity Car Wash
There is something about a child’s enthusiasm for washing cars that cannot be matched. And, I have to say, that in my case at least, it’s a shame that enthusiasm doesn’t stick around when you become an adult!
Car washing is so simple, and it’s something that everybody in your local community needs. Again, be sure to make it fun – lots of soapy water and a safe pressure washer is more than likely enough to keep them happy for a morning or afternoon.
OK, so those three ideas are my favorites – what about yours? I’d love to hear from you so let me know in the comments section below!