August 31, 2007 1:47am CST
Is anybody else tired of all the fundraisers kids have to participate in these days? Or, I should say their parents and grandparents have to participate in. I went through it with my own daughter, plus my thousand or so nieces and nephews; someone was always selling something, from candy to candles to raffle tickets. I have two grandkids and my grandson is in baseball, football and swimming and my granddaughter is in softball, cheerleading and swimming, plus of course, they're both in school so it's neverending! I wouldn't mind so much, in fact I DON'T mind some of the things they have to sell but what really bugs me is the candy and the candles. They sell candy for the school every year and it's actually embarrassing to ask people to order it. They buy some because it's "for the kids"-you know how that goes-then it comes in and they see for their $12 they get a whole sic or eight teensy pieces of candy! The candles are the main fundraiser for the Midget Football organization; they claim they raise alot of money from them, I say they're NUTS! These days money is tight, especially for these young families with a couple or more children to feed, clothe and run here and there for practice, games and all their other activities. If someone is carefully choosing where they spend their money, do you think they're going to want to spend up to $30 for a scented candle? I mean, they're nice and they smell great but if you're struggling a candle is NOT going to be your top priority. Tell me, am I the one who's crazy here or should they come up with something more practical and economical to sell if they want the kids to push it on their families and neighbors? I remember in the past kids have sold stuff like candy bars and beef jerky, and one year the cub scouts sold garbage bags and they sold like "hot cakes". OK, maybe we should just SELL hot cakes...LOL Tell me, myLotters, what do you think? Annie
• United States
6 Sep 07
i know what you mean. my daughter just started preschool this year and i've just read a newsletter which informed me they will be selling pasta, candles and then nutrolls this year. i can't believe they have them doing it already. the preschool is an independent thing though so i guess they do need money to keep it running. oh well, time to hit up the family lol. luckily she's the only grandkid in school so she should make out pretty good.
• United States
9 Sep 07
Preschool is rather young! I can understand they probably do need to raise private funds for something like that but it's obvious the parents or grandparents have to do the selling for kids that young. Pasta and nutrolls sound like good items for sale though, I must say. I love candles, don't get me wrong, but the ones our kids sell are just too expensive for people who have to watch what they spend and that's quite a few of the parents, especially when they have 2 or 3 kids in the program. Annie
31 Aug 07
I fully understand where you are coming from, it seems that every other week there is some sort of fundraiser going on and you are looked down upon if you neglect to participate. On the same note, there seems to be a charity fundraising thing every week of the year these days. Don't get me wrong, I fully support charity and I give what I can, but you cannot be expected to support all of them, who then do you choose?? They are all worthy causes. I have always found this a huge dilemma.