People are busy during the holidays, but not too busy to share and give to the less fortunate. These events will get people into the holiday spirit and help others:
- Christmas card or ornament fundraiser -- Selling holiday related cards and decorations to raise money for your school or charity is a natural. Ornaments are multipurpose. They can be purchased as décor items or as gifts, so there's a big potential market for them. Selling cards or wrapping paper door-to-door or through work or school saves customers a special trip to shop for them, too. If you plan your fundraiser far enough in advance, you can also find good deals on merchandise (or solicit donations).
- Take a photo with Santa -- While you're selling those holiday cards and ornaments, consider setting up a Santa station. A couple of jolly volunteers, a Santa suit and a decent camera are just about all you need.
- Gift wrap station -- If you've ever seen a guy trying to wrap a present on Christmas Eve, you know how profitable a gift wrapping station can be, especially in the last few days before the holiday. This will require a good location and some support from local merchants. Offering gift wrap services to weary shoppers can actually attract customers to local strip malls.
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- Fundraiser Insight. "Fundraising Ideas." (3/6/12). http://www.fundraiserinsight.org/ideas/
- Richardson, Jesse. "10 Green Community Activity Ideas: Get More Engaged." 6/2/11. (3/6/12). http://www.organicsoul.com/10-green-community-activity-ideas-get-more-engaged/
- Step by Step Fundraising. "Top 10 Fundraisers." (3/6/12). http://www.stepbystepfundraising.com/top-fundraisers/
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