The holiday season is a time for giving. Why not harness that generous spirit and turn it into donations for your American Legion Auxiliary unit? Here are some fun and festive fundraising ideas that can help bring your unit together for the holidays while making some money to help support local veterans, military, and their families.
Contact your local holiday shopping destination and ask if you can set up a gift wrapping booth nearby to raise money for your ALA unit.
What You Need:
When you have all your materials, pick a day (or a couple) that will be busy with holiday shoppers. Have volunteers that are wrapping experts do the gift-wrapping, while other volunteers help customers pick out paper, collect donations, and restock supplies.
Charge per gift based on the size (it may be best to have a few size ranges). Keep a donation box out so customers can give more if they choose.
Try making the booth extra festive by handing out candy canes and playing holiday music. It may help draw more people to your booth!
Even if Christmas is over, the gifts can still roll in. Advertise around town that you will be collecting donations in exchange for your unit picking up and disposing of Christmas trees.
What You Need:
Set a date, go pick the trees up, and collect your earnings. If you have the space (and permit) you could have a large bonfire to celebrate your success or find a local place that will help you recycle the trees.
Depending on where you live, this fundraiser might be easier in January or February – the colder the better! Try organizing a Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for your unit.
Just pick a local body of water, get permission to host an event, and have supporters donate to jump into the cold water. It’s that easy!
Encourage participants to raise money on their own by asking friends and family to sponsor their plunge. You can raise even more money by having other activities on the beach before the main event.
Tips for all ALA fundraisers
Here are a few things to keep in mind for all fundraising events:
Share your holiday fundraising events with us! Email ALAMagazine@ALAforVeterans.org or tag us on social media @ ALAforVeterans.
In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.