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7 Ways You Can Help Kids with Cancer in November

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 6, 2019

Phineas says, 'Thank you' and Happy Thanksgiving
It’s November, and soon we’ll be gathering with family and friends for another Thanksgiving feast. When you’re counting your blessings this year, why not add “lifesaving pediatric cancer research” to the top of your list?

Here are 7 creative fundraising ideas you can use to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer:

1) Give the Gift of Hope as a Holiday Gift: Instead of holiday gifts to your friends, family, coworkers, or clients, consider making a contribution to St. Baldrick’s on their behalf. After the donation is made, you can send a holiday card to deliver the hope-filled news that you’ve made a gift in their honor to fund lifesaving childhood cancer research.

2) One Slice Too Many: Instead of asking your guests to bring a dessert for Thanksgiving, encourage them to donate the price of a pie to childhood cancer research. It’s one way to save those calories and count that cash towards your fundraising goal!

3) Pig Skin Challenge: Think of fun challenges for your annual Turkey Bowl game. For example, ask the losing team to donate $2 for every point scored against them. Or if someone gets an interception, another player donates $5, and so on. Don’t forget to ask players to match your giving to boost the total amount raised!

4) Host a ‘Friendsgiving’ meal: Ask friends for a $20 donation to attend the dinner and create other ways to gather donations, like any time guests say the word “Friendsgiving” or get up from the table to snag another slice of pie, they have to place a dollar in a donation jar.

5) Give thanks and get more: You always want to let your donors know you appreciate their gift. But did you know you could encourage them to give more in exchange for special recognition? Just think – a personalized thank-you email for a $25 donation, a shout out on social media for a $50 donation or a handwritten card for a $100 donation. It’s a great way to make your donors feel special and raise even more for lifesaving research.

6) Have a pie sale: Pies are a staple of Thanksgiving. Why not capitalize on the fact that many people don’t know how to — or don’t want to — bake their own pies? Get a group of friends together and do the baking yourselves — or, if you’re a marathon baker, do it solo. You can take orders in advance of Thanksgiving to cut down on waste and so your customers will know not to buy or order their pies elsewhere. (Tip: Some pies can be frozen baked or unbaked; others don’t fare well in the freezer or refrigerator beyond a few days.)

7) Host a pizza pie sale: Who doesn’t like pizza? Sell pizza by the slice at your school or work, or ask your favorite local pizza joint to host a “Give Back Night” where the proceeds go to St. Baldrick’s.

Ready to get started and #DFYchildhoodCancers? Turn your holidays into hope for kids with cancer!

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