Balloon tosses, lollypop pulls and county fairs… those were sure signs of summer in Minnesota. These three things have something else in common: each played a part in ensuring that when disasters strike the Red Cross is prepared to respond.
Let me explain the connection for you. As the Fundraising Events Director at the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region, anytime a community member or group wants to raise funds on behalf of the Red Cross, the call is sent my way. I work with this group of donors to make sure they have everything they need in order to hold a successful fundraiser. These can range from canisters on a store counter to choir concerts and bake sales. If someone wants to raise money in the community, I’m their gal!
One day this past summer, I received a call from Chad, the father of Aliyah Robran. Aliyah and her friends Brianna and Alyssa Brolin were planning to have a booth at the Corcoran Country Daze Fair and wanted to raise money for the American Red Cross.
In keeping with the hot summer days we had, the girls decided on a water balloon toss as one of the fundraisers. For $.25, fair goers could pop a water balloon to reveal a ribbon inside. The color of the ribbon determined the prize won. Items came straight from the closets of the girls. The other fundraiser was a $.25 Lollypop Pull. Those lucky enough to pull a sucker with the correct marking, won a prize as well. All together, the girls raised $126.56 for the Red Cross and wanted to have the money go towards Disaster Relief!
These creative kids are just one example of the generous support we receive from the community. Often people feel called to action once a disaster has happened, but these community fundraisers are a great way to make sure the Red Cross is prepared year round before, during and after disasters.
If you’re interested in hosting a community fundraising event, give me a call at our region offices in Minneapolis: 612-871-7676. I love to hear from people in our community who are passionate about our mission–to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies–and want to help fulfill it.
Guest post by Kristin Peters, Fundraising Events Director for the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region. Click here for the Region’s website and to learn more about the Red Cross.