Kids can do, too!
Though we are now starting to see the beginnings of spring, we are still hearing stories about how friends of GFA are making a difference with the Christmas Catalogue. We received a letter from Angela of Rolla Bible Baptist Church telling us about their Sunday School class. This past Christmas season, with catalogue in hand, Angela approached the class of about 20 children and invited them to come together and raise funds to help kids and families in Asia.
The children took up the challenge; they were excited to be able to help kids and families in Asia and were very serious about doing their part. It was important that the kids raised the money themselves, but that’s not to say that parents didn’t help out. Parents helped brainstorm fundraising ideas and gave the kids lots of opportunities to earn money.
One boy shoveled driveways, another girl made and sold fudge and Christmas cards at the farmer’s market. Two sisters took baking orders while others recycled cans and bottles. One girl emptied her savings and brought all of it to the coin box at the church. Parents, families and friends were all very supportive of the kids’ fundraising efforts. One girl had so many baking orders that she ended up baking for two whole days. Some of the “customers” even rounded up quite generously in support.
After six weeks, the funds were brought together, and it all added up to $593.05!
The children excitedly pored over the catalogue together and carefully considered what to donate the money towards. The final list was:
- 1 Bicycle
- 2 Pigs
- 1 Cow
- 4 Chickens
- 1 set of VBS materials
- 200 Gospel tracts
Some of the kids were so excited that they asked if they could continue fundraising though the campaign had ended.
Angela has this advice for churches and parents who are thinking of doing a similar campaign with their kids too:
“I would recommend setting achievable goals, giving the kids lots of time to reach them, and helping them with ideas. One week our plan was to recycle cans and bottles, and this was something even kids who didn’t have a lot of support from home could get involved with.” With a little bit of help, guidance, and the opportunity to do so, children can achieve a lot to help others. “Tears came to my eyes as I considered their sacrificial giving. Most of these kids don’t have a lot of spending money or a steady income, and yet they gave whatever they could.”
Are your kids getting involved with giving too? We would love to hear from you. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you have used the GFA Gift Catalogue, myGFA.org, or other GFA resources to make an eternal impact.