Fundraising Success #31 Fundraising Success – Issue #31 – Article: “Christmas Pageant”; Supplier Spotlight: “Deer Creek Sewing”; Free ebook: “A Christmas Carol”
=> Kimberly’s Column: “Almost Christmas!”
=> Reader Q & A: “Valentine’s Ideas”
=> Feature Article: “Christmas Pageant”
=> Supplier Spotlight: “Deer Creek Sewing”
=> SiteSeeing, Bonus & more: “Rembrandt Teeth Whitener”
=> Your Ebook: “A Christmas Carol”
Kimberly’s Column: “Almost Christmas!”
It’s hard to believe it’s almost Christmas. Seems like just a
few short months ago it was summertime.
Come to think of it, This monthend seemed a little “summery” here
in the Carolinas. Temperatures topped out at 70 degrees on
How zany is that after our big ice storm just two months ago?
I love this time of year. Getting the house decorated. Going
shopping. Baking cookies with the kids. Going shopping again.
Jack Frost nipping the air. Going shopping some more… 🙂
Time truly does fly when you’re having fun.
This issue features “The Christmas Pageant,” a heartwarming
article about a school’s holiday presentation. I love this
story. It always gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
The Supplier Spotlight is on Deer Creek Sewing. This is a
wonderful way to do some good with your next fundraiser.
Deer Creek does custom embroidery on tote bags, sports bags,
aprons, and other items while providing jobs for people
with developmental disabilities. Excellent prices, too!
This month’s Bonus is a sample of Rembrandt Teeth Whitener.
Perfect for getting rid of all traces of holiday excesses!
This month’s ebook is “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.
A timely tale by a master of creative writing. You almost
feel as if you are there with the Ghost of Christmas Past!
Last Call for Toys For Tots
Please support the Second Annual Internet Toy Drive.
This is the online version of the Marine Corps great
“Toys For Tots” program.
My husband and I are among the many sponsors of this
worthwhile program. Help a deserving child in your
area enjoy a little holiday magic!
It’s not too late to send in $10…
Readers Q & A: “Valentine’s Ideas”
Question: Kimberly, what’s a good Valentine’s fund raiser for
our cheer squad? – Samantha Payne
Answer: Samantha, there’s a couple of fun things you can do.
One is to offer personalized in-school delivery of a chocolate
rose with an appropriate message attached.
Another one is to provide a pre-order form for a small selection
of unique cards, stuffed animals, and candy packages. Start
taking orders at least two months before Valentine’s Day and use
a local supplier.
You might also look into a discounted flower source such as your
local supermarket. Follow this advice, though. Don’t buy more
flowers than you have pre-sold. – Kimberly
You will find my book, Fundraising Success, very helpful in any
Buy a copy today because I have to pay for all this shopping!
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FEATURE ARTICLE: The Christmas Pageant
The “W” in Christmas
Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful
I had cut back on nonessential obligations – extensive card
writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet
still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious
family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.
My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an
exciting season for a six year old. For months, he’d been
memorizing songs for his school’s “Winter Pageant.”
I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d be working the night of
the production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke
with his teacher.
She assured me there’d be a dress rehearsal the morning of the
presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were
welcome to come then.
Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise. So, the
morning of the dress! rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early,
found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down.
Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering
to their seats. As I waited, the students were led into the
Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on
the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their
Because the public school system had long stopped referring to
the holiday as “Christmas,” I didn’t expect anything other than
fun, commercial entertainment – songs of reindeer, Santa Claus,
snowflakes and good cheer.
So, when my son’s class rose to sing, “Christmas Love,” I was
slightly taken aback by its bold title.
Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in
fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their
Those in the front row- center stage – held up large letters,
one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the class
would sing “C is for Christmas,” a child would hold up the
Then, “H is for Happy,” and on and on, until each child holding
up his portion had presented the complete message,
The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed
her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter
“M” upside down – totally unaware her letter “M” appeared as a
The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little
one’s mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so
she stood tall, proudly holding her “W”.
Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter
continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it
A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.
In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we
celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos,
there was a purpose for our festivities.
For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud
“CHRIST WAS LOVE”
And, I believe, He still is.
Supplier Spotlight: Deer Creek Sewing
(Excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success!)
Supplier: Deer Creek Sewing
Phone: (530) 343-7994 x 119
Fax: (530) 343-4619
Address: 2233 Fair Street
Description: Raise funds with tote bags, duffle bags, cargo bags,
aprons, and nylon & clear vinyl packs, while helping train and
employ people with disabilities.
Silk screen on your logo or group name for $1.75 (or less) per
item with no additional artwork charge.
Can also produce custom sizes and designs.
Product Lines: Backpacks, Bags
Terms: Prepay or Net 30
Notes: They are a division of the Work Training Center
Places To Go, Things To See, Bonus Item & More
Places to go:
Perhaps because there is a serious legal purpose behind it, this
site actually documents the proof that the warnings exist — such
as “Warning: never iron clothes on body,” or “Keyboard not
detected; press F1 to continue.”
National Gallery of Art – Index of American Design
“approximately 18,000 watercolor renderings of American
decorative arts objects from the colonial period through the
nineteenth century.” Selected tours include costume, Pennsylvania
German Folk Art, toys, woodcarving, and lots more.
Your Free Ebook:
This month’s ebook is by Charles Dickens.
One of my personal favorites and a timeless classic tale.
Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Ebenezer Scrooge… Need I say more?
138 pages, PDF format, 407kb download.
That’s all for this issue. See you next time.
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