I’m a big believer in teaching kids at a young age to give back. Whether it be through donating toys, food or time, it’s never too early to make giving… well, a given. But as a parent, I know it can be really tough to find ways for kids to volunteer. Many places won’t let them get hands-on experience until they’re teenagers.
The Mamaroneck-based Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing pediatric cancer, is changing that. PCF is launching Give Hope Bake, a nationwide, community-driven bake sale effort to raise money for the foundation during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
“We’re encouraging any person, young or old, kids or parents or a combination thereof, to get involved in an easy-to-implement way of raising money for this cause that is near and dear to us,” explains Bonnie Shyer, PCF board president. “There are so many people out there—groups, clubs, teams and individuals—who can have an actual impact on pediatric cancer research and patient and family support by gathering together and hosting a bake sale at their local schools, churches, temples and malls.”
So far, PCF has raised over $55,000 from Give Hope Bake sales in the past four years. All of the proceeds from the events (which are often children-led) go to patient care, treatment, equipment, and research to help find a cure for childhood cancer.
How can your family help?
Host a Give Hope Bake sale!
Whether it’s as simple as a lemonade stand-style setup in your driveway or as elaborate as getting your whole neighborhood, sports team, or scout troop involved, doing something is better than doing nothing.
PCF offers some great tips for a successful bake sale which includes: social media sharing, putting out a donations jar, and making a big poster to put by your table. The organization will also send you t-shirts if you reach out with your information (see previous link).
I absolutely love this idea. My kids love to bake and they love to give back. I love that they can really get involved. From baking to poster making to collecting money, they can do all of it.
Do you want to throw a Give Hope Bake sale together?
If I can get 15 local families to commit to baking and/or volunteering for the sale, I’ll find and book a location for us to hold it at. Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested. I’ll coordinate all of the details!
PS If you and your kids volunteer or give back to the community on your own, I’d love to hear about it! Post a picture on social media with the hashtag #WwKDoGood and I’ll share them from time to time.