Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Get Kids Involved in Helping Haiti

Fun Ways to Get Kids to Help Haiti Earthquake Victims

Photo: A young injured earthquake survivor holds a piece of bread in a makeshift shelter in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti — Photo by The Associated Press

The earthquake in Haiti has been catastrophic. More than three million people have been affected, and estimates are that over 50,000 have died.

We have already asked you to donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting “HAITI” to 90999 or Call 1-800-REDCROSS. But you can also donate to other reputable nonprofits that are already staging and providing relief to Haiti such as the Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and The Salvation Army.

To determine if your donation will be tax-exempt click here. Stop by tomorrow for more information to safely donating money to Haiti.

Here are fun ways to get children involved in raising money for this cause:

Help the children you care for, or their school, to form a hop-a-thon to raise money for Haiti earthquake victims. Invite the children’s friends and neighbors over to join in. Have adults pledge money per hop, and donate the earnings to the Red Cross or other reputable organization listed above. The children hop for one minute, with the adult timing the minute.

This is one of the most basic ways to raise money for charity. You will need to ask the school, religious organization, or boys or girls club for permission to ask parents and caregivers help children make baked goods and then buy them. All money generated should be donated to the Red Cross or other reputable charity for Haiti relief.

I am sure you must have seen these donation boxes at the cash counters in stores where you shop. But you can extend this to school, church, college, and office canteens. Advertise with the school or organization telling children, parents, and caregivers to bring in their spare change to donate to Haiti earthquake relief.

What have you done to help the earthquake victims in Haiti? Any ideas on getting the kids involved?


Anonymous said...

What wonderful ideas. Truly blessed to have found this publication!

Heather M., Vancouver

Eva said...

I haven't talked with the kids about this yet. Three of the kids are too young. For the older child I do not know how to discuss it with him. Although, the third grader brought in an article about it to school today?? Do you think I should ask the parents first?

Anonymous said...

Great ideas. I am sure if you approached the kids friends in their after school activities they would love joining in the fund raiser too. Super ideas! Take photos ladies be sure to use this on your resumes or in your portfolios!
Kellie B.
Near Seattle

Anonymous said...

At our local school Viacom is sponsoring a collection for the Red Cross. they will match every dollar children donate in NJ

Anonymous said...

The children's school emailed each student's parents asking to text "Haiti" to donate ten dollars and if each kid does that will be more than $4,000 just from our little school.

Best Nanny Newsletter said...

Eva, we will be discussing how to talk to children about earthquake in Haiti Thursday. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Awesome ideas!
-- from Just Curios

Anonymous said...

In our new jersey town the one school collected over $3,000 while the other school had a drop change and a book sale. Kids gathered their old books and sold them for 50 cents or $1.