Here are several ideas for families, schools and other organizations to thank our troops by raising money to provide scholarships for their kids and spouses. These activities will raise awareness for the program and, maybe most importantly, they may be a fun learning experience as well.
Please consider these ideas as "thought starters" and note that even small donations can make a big difference. Also, please contact us to share your experiences and results with us.
Here are Kelsi and Rachel's top ten favorite ideas:
- Neighborhood Idol! Instead of sitting in front of the TV and watching someone else sing, recruit some judges, grab a microphone, and show your friends and neighbors how much underlying talent you have. Ask them to cast their vote with dollars or charge an entrance fee.
- Pay it forward! Donate to ThanksUSA on behalf of someone you care about. Tell that person, but ask them not to pay you back, but to pay it forward by donating on behalf of another person. Keep the spirit of giving going forward.
- Calling all bakers! Ask your friends to bake their favorite dessert and then sell them to your neighbors.
- Summer Block Party! Ask your parents, friends and neighbors to organize a neighborhood party to "Thank the Troops and Their Families." Help prepare the meal and ask everyone to consider a small donation.
- Cans for cash! Collect and turn in aluminum cans and glass bottles. You'll make money for a good cause and help beautify our country!
- Car wash! Grab your buckets and your friends and have a "free" car wash, but ask drivers to make a donation to thank the troops and their families.
- Walk/play with dogs! Ask your neighbors if you can walk or play with their dog. Tell them that you are not charging for your service, but asking them to make a donation to ThanksUSA.
- Neighborhood flea market! A bonus project because your parents will be happy if you clean out your room and you can raise funds for the scholarships by selling those items you no longer use to someone who can.
- Write your senator or congressman! Ask them to support the ThanksUSA scholarship program.
- Be a Good Neighbor! If it is hot and humid where you live, then mow the grass, pull weeds or offer to water your neighbors lawns and plants. Not yet warm and sunny where you live? Perhaps you could help your neighbors by shoveling sidewalks or driveways. Ask an elderly neighbor if you could do their grocery shopping for them. Contribute any tips you receive to ThanksUSA.