Four Ways Kids Can Make a Difference

Kids continually surprise us with their care and compassion for others. As their missions leader, how are you fostering that compassion during your time with them each week? Believe it or not, participating in a good old-fashioned fundraiser is a great way to begin! The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering collects funds for missions work right here in North America. You and your kids have a chance to directly impact the same ministries they read about each week. Not sure where to begin? Here are 4 ways your kids can make a difference:

  1. Super Spaghetti Supper: You may be familiar with the spaghetti supper, a.k.a. old reliable! Grab a few noodles and some tomato sauce, and then put your kids to work. Invite the church (or better yet, the whole neighborhood!) for a delicious meal served up kid-style. Make this a “pay what you can” event to encourage more folks to drop by. This idea is cheap and fun for your little chefs-in-training.
  2. Lap-a-thon Legwork: Many groups have turned to this popular fundraising technique with great results. Have your children take up pledges from friends and neighbors in your community. Pledges can be as small as 1 cent per lap and as large as the donor is willing to give. Some kids run a little faster than others! Find a track or park near you, and request a reservation for your event. (This can be done with 1 phone call to your local school or parks and recreation department.) Set a time limit for your kids to make as many laps as possible. Invite everyone to the event! When it’s all said and done, have children collect the pledges and turn them in together. This is a great event, especially for those with high energy levels.
  3.  Basketball Shoot-Out: A variation of the Lap-a-thon, the Basketball Shoot-Out is perfect for groups with easy access to a gym. This idea comes from the Royal Ambassadors of First Baptist Church, Hallsville, Texas. Boys and their leaders each received pledges for points scored during their 2 minute shooting period. Over the past 9 years, the boys have consistently raised money for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
  4. Can Crushin’: This is a fundraising classic that’s fun and super easy to pull together. Begin by creating a can collection site near your group’s location. Encourage your kids to collect soda cans and bring them to the site each week. When your bin is almost full, make plans for a can-crushing party! Invite your kids and their families to participate. Pour out all the cans you’ve collected and commence the crushing! Start a competition to see who can crush more cans or who can crush cans in the most creative way. Let imaginations run wild! After the crush-tastic event has come to a close, collect the crumpled aluminum and bring it to your local scrap metal establishment. Collect the proceeds and add it to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.


Zachariah Seanor is the national consultant for Royal Ambassadors, Challengers, and Youth on Mission; husband to an amazing wife; and lover of the great outdoors. When he’s not in the office writing blogs, he enjoys warm fires, cool summer nights, and long walks with his border collie, Nellie.

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