Here's how we're taking action in our community:
Selling Origami items and Moustaches at our school's fair to raise money for Donovan's SMILES to help fund the following:
-- Annual Back Pack and Toy Drives
-- Valentine and Easter Baskets
-- SMILE packages to little warriors currently battling
-- Ongoing awareness campaigns
Here's how we got the idea:
Parin was really into origami this year and has been teaching himself how to fold useful items by watching YouTube videos. He thought other children might like to purchase a bookmark, ninja star, or spinning top to help him raise money for Donovan's SMILES.
Bronson decided to sell fake moustaches since the next day was Moustache Day at our elementary school.
These are the steps we took:
Parin - I first decided what origami items I wanted to make that other children would find fun to own or useful. I then decided how much to charge for each items. I think made batches of the different items on different days over a period of two and a half weeks. My fingers would get tired so I could only do one to two hours of folding at a time.
Bronson - My mom and I bought moustaches in bulk. We separated them into individual pieces and sold them.
Here are some of the results:
Raised $87 Total
Spinning Tops : Sold 10 at $3 each
Ninja Star : Sold 7 at $2 each
Crane Bookmark : Sold 7 at $1 each
Pencil Bookmark : Sold 4 at $1 each
Moustaches ; Sold 17 at $1 each
Extra - We purchased two tshirts to wear and paid $15 total.
One of the coolest things that happened during my project was:
One of the kids asked for a custom made spinning top that Parin made for her right away.
One of the most important things I learned was:
There is a lot of planning that takes place when you are thinking of what items you want to sell to raise money for a great cause. You can price the items too high or no one will buy them or too low or else you will never make any money! Also, you have to think carefully as to what items you think that MOST people will be willing to buy.