As the school year starts the flyers and emails begin to swirl about fundraisers. When you have a gaggle of kids going in all different directions fundraisers become difficult. I know I hate being hit up for overpriced cookie dough and wrapping paper so it is hard to give the tough sell to our family and friends.
I do appreciate how the schools are now sending home a note with the fundraiser and it says, “Want to skip the fundraiser altogether? Donate $35 instead!” Great concept! However when you have multiple children in multiple activities things can add up quickly.
Here are a few quotes from some local moms.
“I have finally decided to do one catalog fundraiser. It involves buying the kids’ artwork that has been transferred to random things like quilt blocks, coffee mugs, etc. It’s no wonder that fundraising is becoming harder to do when you are bombarded with requests every two weeks. ~Lea
I never do the school fundraisers. Ever. I always opt to pay the cash. The only ‘fundraiser’ I let my kids do is sell Girl Scout cookies. I feel like a total jerk when my kids talk about doing the Heart Association jump rope for heart and I tell them ‘no’. But I can’t stand when other kids ask me to buy stuff, so I feel guilty sending my kids off to bother people and ask for money. ~Marie
I’m the sucker that buys everything from those ridiculous tubs of overpriced cookie dough to 3 sheets of wrapping paper for twenty bucks. I can’t turn those cute faces away. However, I only have my kids hit up family for their fundraising. Guilt goes a long way and I figure they are legally bound to buy all that crap stuff. ~Lynn
So, whichever approach you take we get it. We know it is all for a good cause. There is nothing more important than the safety and education of our children but I think we can all agree that we’d like to skip the ‘selling’ and donate what we can. Some can donate money while others can donate time, a box of bleach wipes or an extra box of Kleenex.