10+ Things to Do This Summer to Support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer
Just like parents and teachers vow never to play favorites among kids, we try never to play favorites among seasons when it comes to fundraising. Because the bottom line is, kids are diagnosed with cancer year-round. And the only way to be able to give them better treatment options is to fund research, which costs money.
That said, summer is a fantastic season for fundraising! School’s out and there are more hours of daylight, which means smooth sailing for tweenagers and teenagers to plan activities that not only raise much-needed cash, but also build leadership and organization skills. Best of all, there’s a singular satisfaction in helping peers. For inspiration, look at our newest $10,000+ club member, Hunt, who’s just 13! We have tons of resources available here and here and of course, we’re always here to help. (It’s what we love to do!)
But while bake sales are a big part of our story, you don’t have to be a kitchen whiz to get involved. There are lots of other ways kids can help. Some fun ideas:
- Instead of baked goods in exchange for donations, offer services. Buy a couple of inexpensive cases of bottled water at a supermarket or big box store and chill. On a hot day, load into a cooler and take to a local park or sports field to give out. Load up some buckets with soapy water and microfiber cloths to wash cars. Offer to pull weeds or mow lawns. You get the gist.
- Good Cookie Challenge. This annual virtual event involves tracking mileage to earn pledged donations and is about to get underway! If you’re not familiar with it, click here. There’s still time to step in—the fun runs throughout June, July, and August.
- Collect coins. Set up a Penny Drive by asking local small businesses if they will agree to keep a large jar on the counter where customers can drop in spare coins. Be creative with signage on the jars explaining the mission and post detailed info about jar locations on social media—think IG Stories or TikToks.
- Organize a Parents’ Night Out. If there’s a safe space available that lends itself to group babysitting, such as a finished basement or backyard, older teenagers can throw a Parent’s Night Out, swapping a few hours of childcare for cash. Up the ante by showing a fun movie, setting up board games or planning easy, age-appropriate crafts.
- Arrange a night off from cooking. Partner with a local restaurant for a Donate a Percentage Night to raise money. The restaurant agrees to share a part of its proceeds on a chosen night, and the planners promote the event (think flyers and social media posts) to boost business. In the summer, a smart hook is: Too hot to cook? Then don’t! It’s a natural lead-in to promoting the restaurant and designated date and hours.
- Got a summer birthday? Donate it to the cause! Click here to set up in a jiffy.
- Get crafty. Friendship bracelets in custom color combos are always popular. Or, if mom has a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine she’s willing to share, that opens up a world of possibilities for customized swag.
And now is as good a time as any to make sure you’re maxing out set-it-and-forget fundraising that happens on the reg without you having to think about it. Examples:
- Amazon Smile. Through this program, a percentage of your Amazon orders is donated to the charity of your choice. It doesn’t cost you any extra cash, the donation comes from Amazon. The percentage is tiny—.5%—but every little bit helps. And if a lot of people take advantage of this, our money pot grows. If you’re a Prime member, this program also works when you shop at Whole Foods. Get started by clicking here.
- Round Up. Basically you register a credit card with the RoundUp app and voila! Each purchase you put on that card is rounded up to the nearest whole dollar, with the difference funneled straight to the charity you choose. As with Amazon Smile, the key to success is getting a lot of people to do this. Meaning, spreading the word is a huge help!
- Our Cookie Jar program. We have a growing network of grassroots supporters who have committed to making monthly donations. A mighty sweet welcome package awaits! Click here to get in on the action. Bonus points if your employer offers a money match!