You don’t have to be in a relationship to appreciate a holiday that celebrates love. Whether you’re single or taken, cynical or decked head to toe in red, you can do something to help cure childhood cancer. What’s not to love about that?
1. Sell singing valentines. Lots of people are too shy to properly serenade their valentines, but they might pay you to do it for them! Charge a few dollars for a phone call and more for an in-person delivery (dancing optional).
2. Auction a friend. Find a friend who’s single, adventurous, and willing to go out on a date with a potential stranger. Do it as a traditional auction, or allow people to donate to your fundraiser page and the biggest donation wins the date.
3. Babysit your friends’ kids. Not going out on Valentine’s Day? Chances are you know someone who is. Why not offer to watch their kids for the night?
4. Start a mocha craze. Chocolate coffee spoons are easy to make and a delicious way to jazz up any old cup of joe. Buy plastic spoons and dip them in melted chocolate, then decorate the chocolate before it cools with pink and red sprinkles, M&M’s, or toffee bits.
5. Pop balloons. Fill a bunch of red and pink balloons with air or helium, and place a piece of paper with a message written on it inside each one. The messages can say anything, but one must say “WINNER.” People buy the balloons, and everyone pops them at the same time. The one with the winning message gets a prize. (Hint: sell “tickets” beforehand so you have the right amount of balloons and a guaranteed winner.) This can be a fun addition to a Valentine’s Day party or dance.
6. Bake cupcakes. Get inspired by these two awesome volunteers who raised nearly $1,000 with their cupcake fundraiser. They’ll even let you steal their secret recipe!
7. Play a guessing game. Have coworkers or classmates donate to guess the number of candy hearts in a jar. The winner gets all the hearts, plus a pass for a dress-down day at work or school.
8. Make marshmallow flowers. A tasty alternative to selling carnations or long-stemmed roses: Place giant marshmallows on the end of a lollipop stick and dip them in melted chocolate, then roll them in pink and red sprinkles. Sell them individually or as a “bouquet.”
9. Give the gift of a date night. Ask businesses around town for donated or discounted items — think movie tickets, restaurant gift cards, bottles of wine, spa days, romantic getaways — and raffle them off.
10. Sell chocolate-covered fruit. Chocolate-covered strawberries are always in demand for Valentine’s Day, but maybe it’s time for them to move over and share the limelight with some of their less popular cousins. Try dipping blueberries, pineapple, melons, apples, and bananas. Serve them in a decorative box or on a skewer. Dried fruit is also tasty and it won’t spoil.
Make this Valentine’s Day extra special by making a difference for kids with cancer. Start fundraising for childhood cancer research today.
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