Instead of hibernating on these cold winter days, warm yourself up and help Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) fight childhood cancer. From swapping lemonade for hot chocolate to using your winter sport to fundraise, there are so many great ways you can fund childhood cancer research!
1. Swap Lemonade for Hot Chocolate
ALSF supporter and childhood cancer hero Matthew hosted “Matthew’s Miraculous Hot Coco Stand for Pediatric Cancer Research.” Matthew, who was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer in 2014, took his stand to a local park. The result was over $8,000 raised! You can be like Matthew and host a hot chocolate stand at your local park, in your front yard or even in conjunction with a local business. The ALSF stand kit has everything you need to get started, whether the temperatures are low or high. Sign up here.
2. Host a Photo Challenge
Started in memory of Sadie Hulsey, who died from juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), the Childhood Cancer Christmas Tree Challenge invites everyone to mimic one of Sadie’s mom’s favorite holiday photo. In the picture, Sadie is wearing her holiday best and her younger sister, Lanier is napping under the tree. Supporters can recreate the picture themselves (with some hilarious results!), share it and donate via the event’s fundraising page.
Anyone can host a similar challenge. Simply pick one of your favorite, slightly silly photos, start a fundraising page on the ALSF website and ask supporters to share their copycat photos on social media along with your fundraising page link.
3. Become a Champion
Whether you are dunking basketballs, a goalie making saves, a wrestler tacking pins or gearing up for spring sports, you can become a Champion for Kids with Cancer! Throughout the season, your athletic goals can also be fundraising goals. Through a personalized fundraising web page, your supporters can make a one-time donation or pledge a dollar amount per goal, save or accomplishment.
It is never too late in the season to sign-up to be a Champion.
4. Host a Cook-Off
Gather all your friends and neighbors for a cook-off or bake-off. Ask for a donation entry-fee for all cooks and have non-cooking guests make a donation to vote for their favorite dishes. No idea what to cook? Grab a copy of Alex’s Table, the ALSF cookbook, packed with great recipes from chefs all over the world.
5. Get Social with Facebook Fundraising
Facebook makes it easy to fundraise! Head to the ALSF Facebook page (www.facebook.com/alexslemonade) and select “create” to start a Facebook fundraiser! Then, invite your network to donate. You can host your Facebook fundraiser in honor of your birthday, anniversary or life event. You can also host one just because you feel inspired to help kids with cancer.
6. Snowman Building Competition
Gather all your neighborhood snow friends and builders for a snowman building competition! Have participants make a donation to compete. The spectators can vote on who has the best snow creation by putting a small donation in the bucket of their favorite snowman. In the end, whichever snowman has the most donations, wins! (Insider tip: order some ALSF gear to decorate your snow creation from Alex’s Shop!)
No snow where you are? Turn your snowman competition into a sand castle competition (and of course serve lemonade!)
7. Dinner Party
Give all your friends and neighbors a reason to skip making dinner one night! Call a local restaurant and ask to host a fundraising night benefiting ALSF. Whether a chain restaurant or a locally owned dinner spot, most restaurants have options for guests to dine and donate!
Need more ideas? Well, we have 25 ways you can support ALSF and fight childhood cancer all winter long. Just head here.