Jump Rope for Heart and Other School Fundraisers are on my nerves…
Do you get annoyed with kids at your door selling their wares? Rarely are they selling anything but junk. Whether it’s school candy sales (like we need more candy in our life), the Boy Scouts selling microwave popcorn (can you say ‘chemical preservatives’?), or the band selling discounted meats (“mystery meat” I call it), we’ll usually just make a straight donation to the organization if we’re close to the kids who are selling, and they get more profit that way anyhow.
Besides, I’ve never had someone come to my door selling anything that wasn’t bad. (Unless you can find wrapping paper in the back of a candy catalog.)
Here are a few instances that put me on a rant recently:
- Not long ago our daughter came home with a “Jump Rope for Heart” flyer, the American Heart Association’s school fundraiser that goes on in schools all over. She loves to jump rope and was excited to do it. She showed me all the prizes they would give to kids that raise a certain amount of money, but there’s no way I’d have her raise money for the AHA. Look at the crappy information they’re still spreading: “Eating foods that contain saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood. High levels of blood cholesterol increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.” Blah blah blah, When are they going to get it?! Thankfully her gym teacher said she could still join in the jump roping, even if she didn’t raise money. (Learn the truth about healthy fats.)
- Recently Christina wrote a great post on Girl Scout cookies, and told how she was torn on whether or not her daughter might join someday because of the issue of selling their junk food. (The comments there got cookin’ on a related topic, milk! A few people who were still misinformed about raw milk had a good back and forth going with some raw milk supporters.)
- This reminds me of the rant I went on a while back with the post, “Politically Incorrect Thoughts on Breast Cancer” where I questioned giving to organizations like Susan G. Komen or Relay for Life.
Have you ever seen kids selling something worthwhile?
The PTO leaders at our kids’ school have done some really great fundraisers instead of junk-food sales. Some are new this year and some have been going on for a few years now:
- A parent’s night out auction – this brings in a lot of money, but it’s a ton of work.
- T-shirt sales have done pretty well with the school’s logo.
- A fun one last fall was the mile-walk where the kids walked around the nearby neighborhood. There were signs along the way with health tips, and a healthy snack when they got back. Kids got pledges ahead of time (we just made a donation), and everyone was pleasantly surprised with how much this made.
- Scrip sales or those Entertainment books are always a good option, too.
- Kent loves it when kids come to our door collecting bottles and cans so he doesn’t have to do it.
What are some good alternative fundraisers that you’ve heard about?