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Put the FUN back into Fundraising

Here are some ideas of how to fundraise easily and with a lot of fun! Be sure to ask the appropriate people for permission (including the RI Red Cross Chapter). Dress up with as much Red Cross attire you can find, and go to it!

  • Dress Down Day
    Have a dress down day at your office or school. Ask employees to contribute in exchange for wearing comfortable clothes to work one day. Collect the money (checks are great!) and donate it to the Red Cross.
  • Go Canning
    Take one of our beautiful Red Cross fundraising canisters out for the day at your local:
         Grocery store
         Gas station
         Clothing boutique
    Always ask for PERMISSION first, from the store owner and perhaps from the local police department.
  • Tip Jar
    Place a Red Cross fundraising canister at your store counter and ask for Red Cross tips for the week.
  • Fireman Boot Drive
    Contact your local fire department to arrange for a local boot drive at a busy intersection in your city or town.
  • "Paint" Your Office/Store RED
    Sell "Red Cross Squares" to your customers or colleagues and decorate your office/store with them.
  • Blood Pressure Screening
    Take one of our skilled volunteers to your workplace to screen for High/Low Blood Pressure. Ask for donations in return.
  • Drive For Money
    Ask auto dealerships to donate $25 each time someone takes a test drive.
  • Disc Jockey Hero
    Ask your favorite disc jockey to become a hero. Have listeners donate to make him a Red Cross hero for a day.
  • Run/Bike/Hike/Boat/Swim … COMPETE
    Put together a race or competition with entry fees going to the Red Cross.
  • Eat
    Hold an eating competition with entry fees going to the Red Cross of RI.
  • Meter Maid
    Ask folks for coin donations when they reach into their pockets for the parking meter.
  • Stop Traffic
    Have your local police department hold a traffic stop for the day (using our beautiful fundraising canisters, of course!).
  • Wash Cars
    Hold a car wash in a large parking lot.
  • Dance
    Put together a Dance-A-Thon where dancers raise money to participate… it's a party for charity.

Most of these ideas are things that may be done in one day. That's all it takes! And the funds you raise do directly to assist your friends and neighbors when they need it most. Be sure to contact the appropriate people if you are interested in any of these ideas. The Red Cross is here to assist you, as well. Thank you!

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