Friday, January 23, 2015

What Not Say To An Avid Relayer....ever.

How can you do all of that?  You don't even get paid!
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No, we don't get paid.  It's called volunteering.  We get paid by the good feeling we get from helping other people.

Don't you have enough Relay shirts?
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Um, no.  We think of it  like this.  We have to wear clothes, might as well put something on that helps our cause.

Oh my gosh I could never stay up all night!
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Oh!  You do Relay?  You should totally sign up for Komen with me!
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Good for you!  I don't have the time or money for stuff like that.
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Just take a step away from the Trivia Crack, mmmmmm kay?  We make the time, because we believe in what we do.  And, on that whole money thing... I've seen broke college students do Relay, so.....

Don't you get tired of begging people for money all of the time?
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Most of the money you raise just goes to pay CEO's anyway.
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I'm just gonna leave this right here.....

Relay again?  Don't you ever think of anything else?
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But I gave to you last year!
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Newsflash- we still have a LOT more work to do to cure cancer.

And last but not least, this one goes out to my buddy Grant- this ACTUALLY happened last night.
When someone puts a dollar bill in a donation jar, only to pull it out when they realize it doesn't go to one specific person.
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because apparently curing cancer is not enough of a cause?

One things for sure- we are NOT sorry for curing cancer.  We believe in our mission, and know our work is saving lives.  Now, can I interest you in a new Relay shirt?
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Relay For Life Letter Writing - Worksheets to help you through the process!

It's that time of the year RELAY SEASON!  This is the time of the year my blog and pinterest pages go wild with new views, and I spend a lot of time visiting communities and getting them all set for an amazing year.

You may have noticed that you are not getting the response you have gotten in precious years by asking for donations on Facebook.  If you haven't read it yet- this blog post explains why that is happening.   It is more important than EVER that you are actually writing and sending out fundraising letters.

Most of you have awesome staff that bring you pre written letters that you can send out- BUT GUYS.  What would entice you more to donate- a personal letter, or one that is pre done? 

I know that it is hard to figure out where to start, and what to include in a letter, so I have made up some easy to use work sheets to help you through the process.  Feel free to print these and take them to your team meetings or event meeting to share. 

Step one- fill out this worksheet!

Step two- use this letter format to transform your answers into a letter! 

Here is an example of what your finished product could look like!

That was easy, right?

While I have you here, let me fill you in on this awesome little tip.  For some reason, when I include a self addressed envelope, I get more donations back!  So take the extra time to do that to- it just takes a few minutes!

Need more letter ideas?  Check out some of ours from previous years here!

With HOPE,

Friday, January 2, 2015

Affordable T-Shirt Quilts from Project Repat = LOVE

RELAY SHIRTS.  I have a million.  You have a million.  What in the world do you do with them all?

Over Christmas I was looking for a great gift for my sister in law and my niece that would help them remember my mother-in-law who passed away in April.  I had boxes and boxes and boxes of her clothing, so the most meaningful choice was, of course, a t-shirt quilt.  But, I quickly ran into a problem- having t-shirt quilts made is EXTREMELY expensive.  Not there was a price on my love for my SIL and niece, but I just couldn't swing $700 per quilt.

So- I turn to my BFF Google to try to find a more affordable option, and up pops Project Repat.  I was... skeptical.  A T-shirt quilt for just over $100?  HOW are they pulling this off with good quality?  I pulled the trigger to find out.  I was, VERY impressed.  Turns out they are not quilting your t-shirts, which is a much more labor-intensive process.  They patch work all of your shirts together, and then use a recycled polar fleece for the back.  It is warm, it is cozy, and it is amazing. Even better?  They are all made right here in the US.

So, after seeing how amazing the memorial quilts came out, I got to thinking- how can I use this for Relay?  It just so happened that I had several boxes of extra hoodies from our Pink Out event in October.  To make a long story short, I thought I was being smart by ordering extra hoodies to sell at the game.  BUT, Oklahoma weather decided to give us a warm 85 degree fall night, so naturally they didn't sell.

Then it hit me- BOOM.  Use Project Repat to turn those bad boys into a blanket to auction off Relay night!  I placed my order, prepped the hoodies and t's, and shipped them off to Project Repat.  3 weeks later, the most amazing thing arrived at my door step!

I am so excited about it!  And you bet your butt I will be bidding on it Relay night, because I am kind of in love. 

So, Project Repat being the awesome company they are, has offered to give me $10 for Relay For Life for each referral I send them.  DOUBLE WIN, with this link you also get 10% off!  So get all of those participant and Relay fundraising shirts out from the back of your closet and make something amazing you will use (or better, will make you money for Relay!)

With HOPE,