Inevitably, if you have children in school, there’s bound to be a fundraising event that means your child brings home the “ever-popular-request-for-donations”.
Last week our daughter’s school had their annual Spring Fest to raise money to support their land lab. This area in front of their school has gardens, walking paths, trees and a pond and it’s an amazing little “earth” educational site for our kids.
So, guess what I received prior to the event? You guessed it… that “ever-popular-request-for-donations”! They were going to hold raffles to win gift baskets and needed families to donate items. So, a few seconds of wearing my thinking-cap made me realize that this was an opportunity to make a green statement.
Our family put together a basket that included reusable bags, CFLs, a stainless steel reusable water bottle and green cleaners. Instead of using an actual basket, we put it all inside a cardboard box wrapped it in brown paper and included shredded paper (all recyclable) for a little extra flair! I think it looked pretty cute!
We completed our mission by including a paper that explained everything in the box and why they are important. We were really proud of our creativity that really didn’t require any creativity at all. To us they’re “no brainers”, but they sent a wonderful message and hopefully made an impact for everyone that took a look.
The next time you receive that “request”, consider the statement you can make too. And a basket like this would also make a great gift!
Little did I know my friend, Jasmina, would win the basket (and she’s already a fellow “eco-mama!), but it was rewarding to see all the other families interested in winning some “green” too!