Charity Easter Baskets

Easter is enjoyed by kids throughout the world, but for some, it’s not a day for celebration. Perhaps they’re in hospital, or in an abusive home. They could be another victim of poverty or maybe even homeless. This Easter, why not keep these unfortunate children in your thoughts, and if possible, organise a group willing to send these kids Easter baskets?

Special holidays throughout the year can be especially difficult for those who are less fortunate. While they watch people around them looking forward to Easter, the excitement surrounding the holiday can have a devastating effect on children who realize that it’s not going to be so special for them. As a society and as individuals, we should be doing everything we can to make all children feel special. Although there are many ways to help, making sure that kids have an Easter basket delivered to them is an idea that captures people’s imagination.

Keep in mind that baskets don’t have to be extravagent. Simply recieving an Easter basket unexpectedly is enough to brighten a child’s day. There are many inexpensive baskets available (like these colored bamboo baskets), but if fundraising falls short, decorated boxes will do just fine.

Tips on Organising Charity Kids’ Easter Baskets

  • Get as many people involved as possible, but have a relatively small committee charged with making decisions. This will ensure that action will be taken, rather than endlessly debated.
  • Check regulations. Many local authorities are happy to encourage charitably initiatives, but to discourage fraud, they’re likely to have a few rules in place. Check with them at the beginning to make sure you can meet those requirements.
  • Keep local. If you focus on one local cause, it gives the project a very manageable scope. When people are confident they can achieve something, they usually do, but if the project gets too big, people lose interest quickly.
  • Talk to stakeholders. If you’re organising kids’ Easter baskets for the local children’s hospital, contact them first for advice, and establish a line of communication.
  • Don’t worry about rejection. Sometimes, your project will be rejected by the organisation you choose to work with, usually for very good reasons that are out of your control, but by talking to them at the start, you won’t have wasted too much time. Simply pick up the phone and try somewhere else: there are plenty of charities that would love your help.
  • Spread the word. Schools, churches, local radios and other community organisations are always open to promoting charitable causes. Try and get them to commit to repeat notices so that the project doesn’t fade from memory.
  • Take donations and sponsorship. Local businesses may like to help through financial donations, or even in-kind contributions. For example, your local printer may be happy to give you promotional fliers, while a local supermarket may donate some Easter candy. Often, they will want to promote themselves in return, and that’s ok, as long as your committee is happy that the level of advertising doesn’t detract from the cause.
  • Accept ‘free’ donations. Besides local businesses, there are many individuals who would be willing to make a small donation. It doesn’t have to be cash: school children, for example, could each be asked to bring in one suitable item for an Easter basket. Kids are often willing to sacrifice one bar of chocolate, or a small toy, for example, if they think it will be for a good cause.
  • Organise volunteer nights. Sorting through contributions, and putting the baskets together takes time. Lighten the load by asking for volunteers at a set location at a particular time to help out.
  • Arrange storage and transport. Perhaps the charity itself will be happy to take items as they become available, but if not, ensure that you have a means of storing the Easter baskets, and a way of getting them to the children in time for Easter.

A kids’ Easter basket is something taken for granted by many, but for some, it’s a gift that’s not easily forgotten. Brighten up a child’s life by organising, or helping, in a charity Easter basket drive today!


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