Panhandlling Kids as Fundraisers

@cynddvs (2950)
United States
June 5, 2008 2:31pm CST
How do you all feel about kids standing outside of stores asking for money for fundraisers? Now I'm not talking about them selling anything. I'm ok with kids selling things outside of stores like Girl Scout Cookies and such. I'm talking about kids just outright asking for money for their fundraisers. I didn't even realize people were allowed to do this sort of thing until it was brought to my attention. And personally I don't like it. However my little sister is in band and had to raise money her trip to NY this year. She did call me up and asked me to sponsor her. Her band director decided instead of selling a bunch of stuff he would just get the kids to ask their friends and family members to help sponsor their trip by sending them money. I thought this was a pretty good idea. I know I hated selling fruit and candy to raise money for my trip to California when I was in high school. But her band director would never allow them to stand outside grocery stores asking for money. That's just crazy to me! So what do you all think about this? Have you seen anything like this going on where you live?
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
Hi cynddvs! Here in our country, I have came across with kids/students doing fund raising. My alma mater for instance have this "newspaper fund drive" wherein students go to houses near them and ask for newspapers and these newspapers are brought and collected by the students and the school will sell them and whatever amount they have raised will go to the specific charity the students are sponsoring for the month. There are other fund raising activities too that were being done, such as selling homemade pastries and cookies and one time, for the older students (high school), they had this "clean up drive" wherein they will wash and clean cars infront of the school parking lot and will ask for donations. All of the activities are monitored and supervised by teachers and school officials. I am for fund raising but there should be some goods or services exchange so that the students will also be taught of how being productive could go a long way. Take Care and God Bless!
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I've never heard of kids doing that, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't happen here. It might just be that I never pay attention? Here they still sell stuff. We saw boy scouts going around town the other day selling popcorn. I missed them, though. My toddler, dogs and I were on a walk when we saw them, and they must have gone by my house while we were gone. I would have bought their popcorn (even if it is expensive) if I would have been home when they stopped by, even though I didn't know them. But I probably wouldn't have just donated money to someone I didn't know who was just asking for moeny for some fundraiser.
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@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
5 Jun 08
I think asking family and friends to help sponsor is the far better way to go.. and then all the money goes to the cost (I don't know if it does otherwise or not).