Help Your Kids Help Haiti

By , January 15, 2010 5:12 pm

My children’s elementary class is organizing an emergency “Book and Bake Bonanza” to take place next week.  They are frantically trying to collect books and baked goods to sell in order to raise money for Haiti.  Obviously money is needed NOW, so they must act quickly and there is no time for an elaborate fundraiser.

Will used books sell?  We don’t know, but we need to try something and one of the kids came up with the idea.  Anything we can earn will help, no matter how small.

(UPDATE:  The result of our little fundraiser?  A whopping $1,350.03!!  Read here for more details about how we did it.)

Why not organize a speedy fundraiser for your children’s school?  If you homeschool, then combine a quick study of Haiti with a smaller scale family-style fundraiser.

Here are some quick and easy fundraising ideas:

  • Bake sale
  • Lemonade or hot chocolate or cookie stand in your driveway
  • Garage Sale (if you can put it together fast, yard sales can be very time consuming)
  • Used book sale
  • Raffle something off
  • Car wash (or an interior car detailing day if it is too cold for a car wash, or you don’t want to use water)
  • A simple donation box in your school or workplace
  • A penny drive in your children’s school (Thanks very much to Jen for this simple yet effective idea!)

And here are a few less obvious ones that could possibly be put together fairly rapidly:

  • Board Game Competition:  Charge an entry fee for each team or individual.  If you want, give a small portion of this as a prize, or give a donated prize.
  • Dog Wash (if you can do it indoors or you live somewhere warm).
  • How Many in the Jar?:  Fill a jar with M&Ms, marbles, rocks, anything small!  Have people guess how many objects are in the jar.  Sell guess forms for $1 or $2 a piece and split the earnings with the person who gets the closest.
  • Show Up in Your Jammies Day:  (For schools) Sell tickets entitling the purchaser  to wear your pajamas to school for a day.  Encourage teachers and administrators to join in also.  Sell donuts and bagels before school for breakfast.
  • Traveling Hobo Band:  I can’t really explain this one, but it is pretty funny and spontaneous.  Read more here.
  • Windshield Washing

Who to give to?

The NPR website published a list of aid organizations that are helping Haiti during this disaster.

Remember, even a small amount of money can make a big difference!


Don’t underestimate the power of even a simple bake sale. In December, my children’s Montessori School class raised over $870 for Heifer International with a one day bake sale!

17 Responses to “Help Your Kids Help Haiti”

  1. Love all your ideas.
    Just found your blog and can’t stop reading. I am NOT unplugged, but I’m weaning us slowly…and finding that my children get along SO much better without all the crap.
    Thanks for being an inspiration!
    .-= Sarah@Clover Lane´s last blog ..A January Craft: Cute Walnut Mice =-.

  2. Mom Unplugged says:

    Thank you so much for your nice comment Sarah! It made my day. I am glad you are liking the blog and good luck with the unplugging!

  3. Helena says:

    I love your ideas and i’m already collecting money with my children. Please check your map as that is not how Haití is divided nowadays, that is a very old map.

  4. Jen says:

    We’ve organized a penny drive at my daughters preschool.

    It’s something the kids can really get into and who doesn’t have some extra pennies lying around the house…
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

  5. […] Unplug Your Kids has some great ideas for child centered fund raising for Haiti. […]

  6. Mom Unplugged says:

    Yes, it is a historical map of Haiti. Guess it could be misleading, so I found a more up-to-date (and relevant!) one and replaced it. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Mom Unplugged says:

    Great idea Jen! I’ll add that one to the post, thanks!

  8. […] Unplug Your Kids has a great list of fundraising ideas for children to take part in and raise funds for […]

  9. […] are indeed heartwarming in the midst of the tragic images and coverage in the news. On the blog “Unplug Your Kids,” author “Mom Unplugged” gives some ideas and resources for anyone wanting to pitch in. […]

  10. […] Our “Book and Bake Bonanza for Haiti” is scheduled for this Thursday.  I’ll let you all know how it goes!  If you are interested […]

  11. Jennifer says:

    Thanks so much for this post. I’ve linked to it from our blog because I felt our readers could benefit from the ideas and resources you provided!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Kids and Haiti: Where to Begin? =-.

  12. Amy3e says:

    Love the article and the ideas. Kids are feeling the need to help as they see the graphic footage on tv. I just read an article about starting a Valentines Giving Jug right in the house. It is a perfect and simple way to get the kids involved. This family does it every year but it is a timely idea now. You can read about it here:

  13. Mom Unplugged says:

    Great idea, I love it! Thanks for passing it along.

  14. Mom Unplugged says:

    Thank you so much for the link. You have a nice list of resources there and I am honored to be a part of it. Thanks!

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  16. Mariah says:

    You could also do a pop can/bottle drive around subdivisions. It is pretty simple, yet you make a lot of $$. My Girl Scout troop did this around a subdivision with about 50 houses, and made about $60. SIMPLE and EFFECTIVE!

  17. Lydia says:

    Thank you for the great ideas!
    I am using the guess how many in the jar idea in my school here in the Middle East. The proceeds will go to the Red Crescent

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