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other Breast Cancer 3-Day participants. Here are some additional ideas.
IN YOUR COMMUNITY
25. Community Finger Print-a-Thon: A suggestion from a fundraising forum: "We used a companycalled Kid Safe Child ID Network, Inc. We found them on the web atwww.thekidsafenetwork.com. They were able to custom create 2,200 Bio-Docs for the local kids:The event was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, so the event was free to thecommunity. Kid Safe did all the work and we just promoted the event. It was very easy to do.After the event, we received a check for 15,324 dollar. Pretty nice for a one day event!"
26. Coins: Go to your local mall or shopping center and ask what they do with the coins in thefountain.
27. "Thons": Cut-a-thon (hair salon), Mow-a-thon, Shovel-a-thon, Rake-a-thon. You name it. Youcan do it for donations. You can even use local Girl Scout or Boy Scout troops to help be yourman power for this fun activity.
28. Check-Out Donation: Make up Breast Cancer 3-Day donation cards and ask a local store tosell them at the register. People can make a donation as they make their purchases, sign theirname or purchase the card in someone else's honor. The store then hangs the donation cardsaround the registers.
29. Save a "Pear": Get a grocery store to donate some pears and set up a table outside with a signthat says "Save a 'pear' -- make a donation to the Breast Cancer 3-Day".
30. Donation location at work or other highly visible location: Set up a table in front of your localgrocery store. Get permission first, and then ask everyone who enters to support you. While thisdoesn't sound very glamorous, it's very effective. Remember that in addition to raising much neededfunds, you are also playing an important role in raising awareness. Some walkers give atoken pink ribbon as a thank you to strangers who donate at an event such as this.
31. Dog walking for donations: Send out a flyer to your neighborhood offering your services to dogwalk or dog sit while the owners are out of town.
32. Walk in Public: Set up a treadmill outside of a store and walk for donations. Set out a donationcan for people to drop donations in.
33. Lemonade, anyone?: Have a yard sale with a lemonade stand, or just a lemonade stand. Thisis a great way to get your kids or neighbors involved and have them feel like they are joining youin making a difference.
34. Benefit night at a local restaurant: Check in with your favorite local hangouts. Manyrestaurants already have programs in place to help you fundraise at their establishment. Be aguest bartender? A guest griller? Or hand out coupons to their establishment for a percentage ofprofits for that evening.
35. Bottle Drive: If you are in a state that requires bottle deposits, start a bottle drive. Put flyersaround your neighborhood telling people to put their bottles out on a certain day and you'll comeby to collect and return them. Let your local school, pool, gym know that you will do the same forthem.
36. Rent a port-a-potty for a small town parade: Decorate it (of course we'd suggest pink!), andask for donations for use.
37. Garage Sale: Ask all of your friends and neighbors to participate by donating items for sale.Make signs that indicate all proceeds are going to the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Ask your localpaper to run an ad as their contribution. Add a bake sale and/or lemonade stand, and have astraight donation jar visibly displayed. Don't forget to have plenty of donation forms on hand!
38. Super Change Jar: Ask all of your friends and family to put aside their spare change to beadded to the super change jar. Every month or so, empty it out and let everyone know how much"a little at a time" adds up! This is a great idea to put into action at work, too. Decorate the jarwith inspirational quotes and photos from your training walks.
39. Car Wash: Hold a car wash — either in your neighborhood, at your place of worship, or at yourplace of business. Ask local businesses to donate the supplies you will need and ask yourfriends to help wash. Add a bake sale; sell chilled bottles of water (that have been donated). Ifyou have enough help, consider adding a dog wash!
40. Used Book Sale: A more focused and versatile version of a garage sale. Ask everyone youknow (co-workers, neighbors, family and friends) to donate any books they have read and arefinished with. Choose a time and place to have a used book sale — maybe your local farmer'smarket, school carnival or community fair.
41. Banner: Have a group of friends, your child's classmates, a local business, help to design abanner that you can use on the 3-Day to mark your tent. Suggest a donation minimum.