Thursday, June 24, 2010

Another Great Fundraising Idea...

A while back I did a post on Fundraising Ideas!! You can read that by clicking HERE!!! And, I'm adding it to my side bar too since I'm still asked weekly for IDEAS on fundraising!!! Well, I went straight from the airport last night (see last night's post) to an AWESOME fundraiser for the Raining Season!! The Raining Season is a non-profit literally SAVING orphaned children in Sierra Leone, Africa. These children are NOT adoptable at this time since Sierra Leone is closed for adoptions!!! BUT this didn't stop a few local women from GOING to Sierra Leone and literally taking starving and neglected orphaned children from the streets and giving them shelter, hope and love at The Covering (the Covering is a building they bought that now houses something like 80 + orphaned children)!! These women are AMAZING!! My sister, Kelly, traveled with them last year as they opened The Covering for the first time. Their site is !!

I thought I'd share last night's fundraising idea because I KNOW some of you can use it to raise money for your own ADOPTIONS!! It was called a Penny Carnival! It was held in some one's back yard (thanks Charlene) and games, food, desserts, etc. are set up all over the lawn and deck...Families from all over the community are welcome and encouraged to bring anyone they know!! Children and parents drop coins in a basket/jar to play each game!! Dollar bills are dropped too...really ANY amount of money plays the game!! They did have a dollar price on the hot dog dinner (something like $2 or $3 bucks)...and Erica from The Raining Season was there set up selling her tshirts too (which I'm wearing in the video below)!! And, the dessert table which also just cost some coins WAS DELICIOUS!! Even drinks cost coins!! And, EVERYTHING was donated by different families (for example, we signed up to bring juice boxes and individually wrapped baked goods) that way all proceeds went straight to The Raining Season with no over head!! They did it from 5 -7 on a Wednesday evening and they had a HUGE turn out!!

So, if you want to see it IN can watch below...Someone was filming last night and sent us the video today he made on his new Mac Computer!! :) (and I didn't know I was being filmed or I would have at least smiled for the camera :) And, as always..pause my music at the bottom of my page to hear this music so you don't get DOUBLE :)

And, if you'd like to learn MORE about The Raining Season, you can watch the video below from their most recent trip they JUST got back from...It is an incredible video and will certainly break your heart in two for these precious children!!! My friend Amy that I've known for years JUMPED ON BOARD this last trip and was able to go!! Visiting Africa will certainly change your life and your perspective on things...Enjoy:

Sierra Leone May 2010 Team Trip from The Raining Season on Vimeo.

***They also keep a blog at if interested in keeping up with these energetic women making a HUGE difference in Sierra Leone, Africa!!!

Happy Thursday to you all, kj


  1. Awesome except for one thing - I now have Miley Cyrus stuck in my head...

  2. Love how the creative ideas are exploding at home.
    We are counting down the days til we arrive for our own "Party in the USA". Keep me posted on your July calendar and we would love to pop in or meet you out any day you are free!
    Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

  3. Love this idea! I definitely think we may have to have a MS Penny Carnival fundraiser to raise money for our adoptions!! So fun!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you for the great fundraising ideas. We are in the beginning stages of adopting a baby from Rwanda. We are trying to decide what fundraisers to do. Your list helped a lot. We are currently doing a photography fundraiser called "one smile closer" and it is going well, but we still have a lot of money to raise. It is encouraging to read your blog and see the many ways God provides for the needs of His children.


Thank you for your kind words!!