Have you been thinking about hosting a party – maybe with your family at holiday time, your co-workers, your school or social club, your church or synagogue or your circle of friends? Consider making it extra fun and meaningful at the same time. Include a fundraiser or collection for the children and families of Sunday Friends.
You may be looking forward to hosting a holiday party with family and friends – or your club or social group – this year. Perhaps you’d be willing to pass up the well-intentioned host(ess) gifts – the bottles of wine and house plants – in lieu of something more meaningful. Why not ask your guests to bring a new holiday gift for a child, teen or parent to the party? Gift cards are great, too. So is acheck for "Sunday Friends", which would allow us to purchase something that is needed.
We can provide child-made posters or handouts about Sunday Friends, speakers, child-made decorations or child-made gifts for your guests.
The Full-of-Laughs Toy Party
This party is a great spirit-builder for a department of co-workers, a club or any other group of people who somewhat know each other already.
Before the party, assign each guest the name of another guest (perhaps through a drawing). Guests purchase and bring to the party a toy along with a note explaining why they think their intended recipient would have loved this toy as a child. There are many opportunities to make the choice and the note amusing or touching.
Even more fun: have each guest provide a photo of himself as a child.
At the party, give each guest the opportunity to read the note and present the toy to his/her recipient. After giving everyone a few minutes to admire and "play" with the toys, collect them all for donation to the children of Sunday Friends.
You may wish to pass out brochures or other materials provided by Sunday Friends so your guests will understand the destination and value of their contributions. Or, ask Sunday Friends to contribute child-made gifts or awards that you can give out as you choose.
The Basic Necessities Competition
Set up a competition among grade levels in your school, chapters of your organization or departments at work. Ask people to purchase and donate items from Sunday Friends’ Necessities List.
Decide how you will value each contribution. You could add up the number of items or you could add the dollar values. You might wish to pre-assign points to various kinds of donations, which would reward bargain shoppers for finding items on sale.
The Restaurant Dinner that Pays
A number of restaurants support fundraisers for nonprofits like Sunday Friends. It’s quite simple. Make the arrangements with the restaurant ahead of time for a particular day and span of time. Then invite everyone you know to come with their own family and friends, eat dinner and turn in the voucher that you have provided them. A percentage of the money spent with vouchers will be donated to Sunday Friends.
The Teens-for-Teens Party
Teens work hard in Sunday Friends to earn tickets. However, not enough items that appeal to them are donated by the community. No one knows what teens like better than other teens. If you are a teen, consider throwing a Teens-for-Teens Party to collect gifts.
Idea 1: Before the party, have each guest purchase something they want for themselves and then purchase a second, identical item. Wear your new purchase to the party and bring the match to donate.
Idea 2: Draw names ahead of time. Have each guest purchase a gift for the person whose name they drew and then purchase a second, identical item. Enjoy the gift exchange and collect the matches as donations for the teens of Sunday Friends.
Idea 3: Gather your group, collect a pre-specified number of dollars from each person and go shopping together to buy teen gifts to donate. Then everybody go enjoy ice cream together.
The Children-for-Children Party
We need popular toys for children of all ages. Who better to select those toys than other children?
Idea 1: Before the party, have each child purchase something they want for themselves and then purchase a second, identical item. Bring one toy to the party to play with (with others) and bring the match to donate.
Idea 2: Draw names ahead of time. Have each child purchase a toy for the person whose name they drew and then purchase a second, identical item. Enjoy the gift exchange and collect the matches as donations for the children of Sunday Friends.
Idea 3: Gather a group of children, supplied with a shopping budget from their parents. Go shopping together to select and purchase toys to donate. Then everybody go enjoy ice cream together.
There are many ways we can support your party. Contact Sunday Friends to discuss any of your ideas.
The Group Flea Market Fundraiser
To raise much-needed funds for Sunday Friends’ programs, organize a group Flea Market. Collect your gently-used and never-used items, sell them to each other and to the neighborhood. Enjoy a fun day together. Donate the money you raised to Sunday Friends.
The Movie Night Fundraiser
To raise much-needed funds or gifts for Sunday Friends’ programs and families, invite everyone you know to enjoy a rented movie in someone’s home, complete with snacks and other forms of fun. The "price of admission" can be a new toy, a new holiday gift or a cash donation for Sunday Friends.
The Game Night Fundraiser
To raise much-needed funds or gifts for Sunday Friends’ programs and families, invite everyone you know to a Game Night. Get creative with ice breakers or board games or athletic games, whatever you prefer. The "price of admission" can be a new toy, a new holiday gift or a cash donation for Sunday Friends.
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