KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | October 2015

Do-Good Club Changes the World

By Kimberly Luste Maran

One freezing winter day in Minnesota we decided to start a club with our cousins. “Let’s start a party club,” said our cousin Annika. “We can earn money to buy treats.”

No one looked too excited. “Maybe,” we said.

do-good kids“Then let’s have a prank club,” she said. “We can play tricks on people!”

“Bad idea,” we said. We didn’t want to end up in jail.

But then she thought of starting a club to raise money for good causes. “Let’s call it the Do-Good Club!” she exclaimed. And that’s how our Do-Good Club came to be.

First, we needed to find a good cause, so we chose ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency). We did some research and found out that one of the biggest problems in the world is the lack of clean water. Did you know that every 20 seconds a child somewhere in the world dies because of contaminated water? Dirty water can cause diseases and even make parasites grow inside of you. We decided to raise money to help ADRA dig wells and provide water filters in Africa and Asia.

We set a fund-raising goal of $100. Then it was time to start working. One day we put on a home concert for relatives and church members, and people actually put money in our donation bucket! Sometimes people paid us for doing jobs such as raking leaves. We also sold garden vegetables and set up a lemonade stand at camp meeting. The best fund-raiser was a baked potato benefit dinner, where people donated more than $600. In the end, we collected about $1,000 for clean water projects.

It might have been fun to earn money for parties, but it would have been for ourselves. We found out that it’s more fun to earn money for other people.

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Fund-raising Tips From our Club

  • Give each club member a job (such as advertising, collecting money, planning activities).
  • Choose a good cause to raise money for and learn all about it so you can explain it.
  • Ask for donations politely and remember to send thank-you cards to donors.
  • If people want to give large donations, have them write a check directly to your charity so they can get a receipt.
  • Our favorite fund-raiser was a benefit dinner. That’s where you make a meal, invite church members and friends, tell them about your charity, and ask for donations.
  • It’s best to pick a menu with inexpensive ingredients that are easy to prepare. We served baked potatoes, but you could also have something like spaghetti or pancakes.