world, the thought of sending children door to door for a school
is no longer an option. In most cases, the candy bars come home
mom and dad are responsible for the unloading of them. In my
school, a great alternative has been found. It fully involves the
students and has become a much anticipated event. The Christmas
spree is a win/win situation for all that participate!
launched the idea a few years back and the success of this venture not
only raises money for the school but is a fun activity that delights
entire family. Early into the school year a form goes home with
children from Junior Kindergarden to Grade 5 inclusive.(see
A small fee of $2.00 is charged for each gift that the child will be
Heck, you would have spent that on the chocolate bars that you couldn't
get rid of. Each family submits the form and fee back to the
who pass them on to the shopping spree committee.
In the early
years, those parents
on the shopping spree committee would begin purchasing small
at dollar stores that can, in turn, be purchased by the
Over time our committee contacted an importer who was willing to give
deals on items for this good cause. Source other parents in the
it seems almost everyone knows someone that can provide "a deal".
The number of gifts are estimated with the returned forms. All of
the gifts purchased are approx. $1.00 (with our importer about 50
So the profit margin is good.
On the evening
before the shopping
spree, the gym is decorated and the gifts are laid out on tables
to the sex and age group that the gift will be for. On the day of
the shopping spree, the children come to the gym by class and pick a
appropriate for each of their parents and brothers and sisters.
parent volunteers assist the smaller children in both choosing and
their gifts. With baked goods donated the children also get to
a treat and sing christmas carols as the gifts are being wrapped.
It is great fun for all involved.
My children are
always so excited
that they themselves have put presents under the tree for the family
these are usually the first ones we open on Christmas Day!