"When I was 5, I was going with my mom to all of the Relay meetings and events ALL. THE. TIME. One day, I asked her- how come there are never any kids doing Relay? And she said, I don't know. So I told my mom I wanted to start doing Relay on my own, and I was going to be the top fundraiser."
Guess what? That next year- he was. And, he continues to each year. His fundraising total for this year is currently at $7,681.43. He is 8 years old.
EIGHT. YEARS. OLD.
But the truth is, when he originally asked me why aren't other kids Relaying, I really didn't know. In fact, I had never even considered it. Sure I included him in my plans, and he helped me all of the time with fundraising projects, but never in a million years would I have expected him to do what he has done! So why is that? Why are we forgetting about our future researchers, doctors, volunteers, and advocates? I learned something very important. KIDS CAN make a huge impact on your event, and can make a big difference. Here is the other thing I learned. If a 5, 6, 7, or 8 year old can do it- what the heck is my excuse?
I spend a lot of time writing about fundraiser that are great for kids. You can read those here, and here. Today I am going to share a few new ones we added this year that worked really well for us.
All Fired Up! For Relay For Life.
The cost to attend the creativity camp was only $5 per person, thanks to Kelly's generosity. She provided everything from the pottery to the paint. She also offered to make up the bid sheets, and let us start the auction at her location so we could get bids before Relay For Life. Literally, all we had to do was show up the day of, and invite other kids to do the same! Kelly took the time to explain to the kids how to make their art come out extra special, and also asked each child why they Relayed. She used that information for the bid sheets!
You know that Picasso quote that says, "Every child is an artist." - well, it's true. What they made was amazing, and they had a blast!
We were very pleasantly surprised how well the auction went Relay night! We were a bit worried only the parents would be bidding on their child's art, but that was not the case at all!
Did I mention the we grown ups couldn't resist and painted items to? You can see my husbands Cancer Man raccoon, and my tie dye plate below :)
I hope this is sparking some ideas for you. You don't have to do pottery, you could do paintings on canvas, bird houses, ribbons, you name it! In fact, if you have ever been to my house you know that one of my most prized possessions (and actually, it belongs to Wes not me) is a painting one of Wesley's best friends made of Cancer Man (forgive this picture- this was a picture of the Relay wall while I was getting ready to put up new awards!)
Speaking of painting. In the fall we did something really cool and different. We painted and sold pink pumpkins for breast cancer awareness! A local farmer donated the pumpkins after he had pulled all of the ones he could sell- he had plenty of extras that would have just been plowed back into the field :) Wes and I went to a local Sherwin Williams, and they donated the pink paint!
Next up is an oldie but a goodie. What kid doesn't LOVE to sell lemonade? I mean, you would think it would have been the first thing that popped into my mind for a fundraiser, but it wasn't! We had the honor of getting to go help out a new Relay friend with one this year. The kids had a blast! This stand was set up at a craft show (which also benefited Relay For Life) but the boys are planning on taking this act on the road this summer to 4th of July festivals, and Main Street, Weatherford :)
Not to get too off track, but there is another benefit to having your kids join Relay For Life, ESPECIALLY if they have lost someone they love to cancer. Kids who have been there are really really good about supporting other kids who have been through the same thing.
Now, when all else fails, and your kiddo wakes up one Saturday morning and declares, "I'm going to hit my $6,000 somehow today." You can always pull this trick out of the bag (let's face it- it's hard to say no to an adorable kid!)
The moral of the story? While you are making plans for your next Relay, don't leave out your littlest Relayers! They can make a huge impact on your event, and may even be able to teach you a thing or two, or $22,015.
Coming up next- I didn't forget about your tweens and teens! I know of an ENTIRE Relay ran by youth-subscribe to get notified so I can tell you all about it!