My mom recently told me that my nephew and his friends were trying to earn money to fix up their bikes. Of course, I wanted to help, but I’ve got my own expenses. I can’t afford to spruce up, trick-out, or pay for whatever it is these 12-year olds want to do to their bicycles. That doesn’t mean I couldn’t help them though. I could help them, just not monetarily.
I have a friend who opened up a bakery. Her ingenious idea was to bake cakes in canning jars that are shelf-stable and easy to mail. Talk about a unique product! Anyway, I asked my friend if she’d let my nephews sell her cakes as a fundraiser. She thought it was a good idea – more exposure for her products and money for both her and my nephew.
Some kids might not be comfortable selling things, but I figured that they already had so much experience selling products for school fundraisers that they’d surely be able to sell Kim’s jar cakes.
Sometimes, it’s okay to give children money. Sometimes, it’s okay to pay children for doing odd jobs. Sometimes, when you just don’t have cash to spare, it’s great to point children in the right direction and let them earn their own money.
So, without investing any of my own money, except to make copies of the order forms, I was able to help 3 children and 1 business owner earn some money, not a large amount, but some. Overall, everyone was happy with the arrangement.
Oh, and if you’re curious about the bakery, it’s www.CKBakeryShop.com. You can probably find a local business willing to allow your children to host a fundraiser, but if not, maybe Kim would be willing to!
Article by Randi Millward