Most children have lots of good things in their lives — a loving family, friends and a place to call home. Not all of the kids at The Home for Little Wanderers have been so lucky.
There are many ways for kids to help the children in our care. You can do some of these things on your own, or get your friends, classmates, or sports team involved. Below are some ideas, but feel free to use your imagination…
Make Your Birthday More Meaningful
Ask your birthday party guests to make a donation to The Home or bring a present or gift card to donate to a child in our care in place of giving a gift to you.
Celebrate Special Milestones
Invite your family and friends to make a donation to The Home in celebration of your Bar Mitzvah/Bah Mitzvah, graduation, or some other special occasion.
Pay It Forward with Chores
Babysit, mow lawns, shovel snow, pet-sit — you name it — and donate a portion or all of your earnings to The Home.
Spare Your Change
Hold a coin drive by placing canisters in places around your community to collect money for The Home (be sure to ask for permission first). Or start collecting all of the change in your own house and see how quickly it adds up!
Set Up Shop
Coordinate a bake sale or lemonade stand at a sporting event, concert, or in your neighborhood and make a big sign to let people know the money raised will benefit The Home. Car washes and yard sales are also a great way to raise money. Or if you’re crafty, make something like jewelry that you can sell.
Fulfill a Holiday Wish
Help us make sure every child at The Home has a gift to open during the holidays by holding a Wish List Gift Drive to collect new toys and gifts. You can even choose wishes from kids your own age during our Big Wishes Gift Drive in December.
Have Fun with Holidays
Charge admission to a haunted house at Halloween, sell “sweets for your sweetheart” treats at Valentine’s Day or have a 4th of July cookout in your backyard and ask friends to make a donation to The Home.
Create Your Own Event
Host a Spoof Olympics or a Scavenger Hunt and collect donations from friends and family to participate. Organize an event at your school (with permission), like a dance or ice cream social and sell tickets or ask for a donation at the door. If you have to wear a uniform to school, plan a Dress Down Day.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your event:
Prepare an action plan