Fundraising is a great philanthropic endeavor, as you already know. You might also realize, however, that it can be challenging involving kids of all ages in a manner where they can participate while also learning the importance of giving back.
The best way of getting even the youngest kids involved with helping families in need is by making it fun and keeping it simple. And what could be more fun and easy than playing bingo?
Planning the Event
When you’re planning a fundraiser like a bingo night, the first thing you need to do is figure out what you’ll do with the proceeds. Have your kids decide what charitable organization they would like to donate the money to, with the purpose of helping families in need. Younger kids probably won’t know where to begin, so it’s a good idea to research a few yourself and then present them with some options that they can choose from. You could also brainstorm a few causes and ideas you’re interested in as a family to narrow down your search.
Now it’s time to start planning the actual event. The great thing about hosting bingo for kids is that it doesn’t require a lot of materials. First, you’ll need bingo cards, which you can easily print at home with a downloadable template. You will also need stampers and a bingo wheel with numbered and lettered balls, which you could also make yourself using ping-pong balls and a large container or bag.
Once you have everything you need for the event, pick a date and invite people! Your kids can design fliers and then pass them out in your neighborhood and friend groups. Make sure the flier clearly states that the purpose is to raise money for helping families in need. You also want to decide on what you will charge. (Will you ask people to pay per bingo card they play or a flat fee to play as much as they like?)
The Big Night
When the big night finally arrives, ensure you have plenty of bingo cards printed and lots of room for people to sit and play. You might also consider having refreshments available that you can sell to raise more money, like a bake sale. Display fliers or a big poster that gives people information on the charity you will be donating to. You might even consider having your kids give a little speech to explain, from one kid to another, what the event is all about and why it’s important.
After the bingo night is over, it’s time for the best part—to donate the proceeds! Make sure you also involve your kids in this process, so they can really understand how their actions have benefited others. Have them assist you with counting the money you received, and bring them along with you when it’s time to make the donation. Another option, besides simply handing over cash, is to select a charity that’s in need of specific goods like clothes and food, and then have your kids use the money to purchase those items to donate.
A bingo night is a great way to teach even the youngest kids that not only is giving back important, but it can also be exciting. Have you ever hosted a fundraiser (or a kid-friendly charity event)? Share your experience with us on Twitter!
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Why It’s Good
Giving back doesn't have to be complicated or boring. Something as simple as hosting a bingo night can make helping families in need a fun learning experience that even young kids can get involved in. Plus, it's an engaging community event for all ages.