Car Wash: Enlist the help of some friends or a school group to hold a car wash with the proceeds going to help kids with psoriasis.
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Ice Scrapers or Window Washers: When snow and ice hit, gather a group of friends to scrape car windows at school for teachers and staff in exchange for a donation to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Or during warmer months, wash the windshields of teachers’ cars for a donation
Jeans for Genes: If you wear a uniform to school, work with your teacher or school principal to designate a Dress-Down Day where students can pay $.25 and teachers can pay $1.00 to wear jeans or casual clothes to school. Keep it up over several weeks to raise more money for kids with psoriasis. If you don’t wear a uniform, try a Spirit Day where students pay $.25 to dress according to a theme – tie die or the school colors, for example.
Dress Closet: Collect dresses that were worn once for prom and sell them for a very low price to benefit youth with psoriasis. Offer people who donate dresses a discount coupon for the Dress Closet to encourage them to shop for their next dress!
Gift Wrapping: Set up shop in your local mall or shopping center during the Holidays and wrap gifts in exchange for donations to the Psoriasis Foundation. Gather your volunteers ahead of time to practice wrapping and making bows.
Dunk Tank: At the next school carnival or community celebration in your town have a dunk tank and sell balls for a small fee for a chance to dunk teachers. Charge a little more for the chance to dunk the school principal or the town mayor.
Bottle/Can drive: Talk to your teacher or principal about setting up recycling bins in the hallway or cafeteria at your school to collect bottles and cans. When the bins are full, have a parent or teacher help you take them to a recycling center to turn them in for cash, then donate the money to the National Psoriasis Foundation or your local Walk to Cure Psoriasis.
Ice Cream Social: Sell scoops of ice cream for $1 at a sporting event or during the intermission of a play or concert.
Dog Wash: Enlist the help of some friends or a school group to hold a dog wash with the proceeds going to help kids with psoriasis. Advertise at Doggy Day-Cares, Dog Parks and area pet stores.
Lemonade Stand: Set-up a lemonade stand at a baseball or soccer game or on the sidewalk in front of your house to raise money for kids with psoriasis.
Garage Sale: Hold a garage sale or enlist your classmates and neighbors to get involved in a "block sale." Donate the money you raise to the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Bake Sale: Round up a group of friends to make baked goods and hold a bake sale to benefit kids with psoriasis.
Flower Sale: Purchase flowers at your local grocery store or florist and bring them to a graduation ceremony, sporting event, concert, etc. Sell the flowers to raise funds for kids with psoriasis.
Jewelry sales: Design and purchase bracelets or pendants with psoriasis handprint, sell at school events and donate the proceeds to the Psoriasis Foundation. Or, collect old jewelry from classmates and their parents and have a “wear-it-again” sale.
Candy-Grams: Have your parent or teacher help you organize a candy-gram sale for the next holiday (works well on Valentines Day, Halloween, etc.). Buy lollipops, candy-bars, etc. and sell them for $1 each to be delivered with a note during class on the holiday. Send flyers home to parents so they can buy candy-grams for their children to increase fundraising!
Used Book Sale: Ask your school or community library to donate outdated or worn books for a used-book sale to benefit the Psoriasis Foundation. Ask students and teachers to donate their old books, too! Publicize your book sale at community centers, the local libraries and book stores.
Change with Change: Talk to your teacher or principal about setting up a bucket or tub in the hallway at your school. Every day your classmates and teachers can put some change in the tub. At the end of the month or year count your money. Or, have each class place a tub in their homeroom and have a contest to see who can raise the most money.
Video Game or Board Game Tournament: Organize a video game tournament (football, PlayStation II) with brackets and a prize for the winner. Charge a small entry fee to participate and raise funds for children with psoriasis. If your friends are more into board games, you can organize the same kind of tournament with Monopoly, Scrabble, or Yahtzee, for example.
Battle of the Bands: Round up the student bands in your school and ask them to play for charity – ask them to publicize the Battle to their fans. Let the audience choose the winner and donate the money from ticket sales to the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Faculty vs. Students sporting event: Gather a group of student athletes and challenge your teachers to a game of basketball or volleyball. Sell tickets to your classmates to watch the fun! Increase your fundraising by combining the event with a bake sale or pizza sale so your spectators don’t go hungry. A 50/50 raffle is another easy fundraising idea to add to this event.
Dance-a-thon: Plan a dance-a-thon in your school gymnasium, community center, or church recreation room. Choose a fun theme (the sixties, swing, etc.) and have each student collect pledges for participating in a 30 minute dance session. Award prizes to those who dance the longest! To increase your fundraising, sell “shout-outs” during the dance-a-thon: for $1, a dancer can have the DJ shout out a message to a friend.
Talent Show: Plan a talent show, Karaoke competition, or American Idol-style sing-off in your school gymnasium, community center, or church recreation room. Sell tickets and have your audience vote for their favorite performer. Increase fundraising by selling snacks and soft-drinks.
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