April 2009 Article
Spread The Word Challenge
Hello everyone! I have a different kind of challenge for everyone this quarter. And hopefully some of you will be willing to help Heavenly Angels In Need....Spread The Word. As most of you know our needs are growing, and in these tough economic times it can be a bit harder for volunteers to ship items off. While I know that despite all that is going on, we are all still plugging away and doing what we can....and that is fantastic! So that is why Im proposing this new "challenge"....its something that any volunteer of HAIN can do and for minimal cost (just the cost of printing and possibly postage) If you want to give us a hand continue reading for more information on what you can do to help.
WAYS TO SPREAD THE WORD:
Place Brochures, Flyers, Etc In Your Community: In the public area of our forum there are different advertising materials available for you to download and print. Why not print a few flyers and place them in your local grocery stores, malls, or anywhere else that you can think of that would be ok with a flyer being placed in their business. Or print some brochures and stop around some places in your area, asking if you may leave some with them...and you can always send some to hospitals that you donate to. You don't even have to make a special trip to do this, just grab a few as you head out the door to run your errands.
Use A Heavenly Angels In Need Banner: If you have a website or blog we have banners that are available as well that you are welcome to use to help spread the word about HAIN and what we do. And pass the info on to your friends as well asking if they would help by displaying one of our banners.
Use Our Media Kit: Also located on our public forum is a media kit that you are welcome to download. If you know of someone, church groups, craft groups, etc that might be interested in joining, but may want more information on what we do, you can give them this kit. It has lots of helpful information and discusses the wide variety of skills that we could use.
Newspaper Advertising: You could try contacting your local newspaper or maybe your city has a free one that goes out. (Mine does) and you could contact them about placing a small ad. Some will give a discount or will do it at no cost for charities.
Donation Box: You could ask your church if it would be ok for a donation box to be set up to collect yarn, fabric, toys, or finished projects.
Have a HAIN Baby Shower: Who doesnt love to buy baby things. (I know I sure do) You could host a baby shower for HAIN, invite your family and friends and ask each of them to bring at least one item to benefit babies in need. Even if its a smaller party, even 5 items would be greatly appreciated. You could even do this at work if you are permitted to, see if any co-workers would be interested in donating an item or two.
Work Parties: You could host a work party.....with your family, friends, or co-workers. A bunch of you can get together and work on items for HAIN. You could do it once, or host them as often as you would like. You could even contact schools in your area to see if any of the students have volunteer hours to complete and you could work with the students on making memory boxes for HAIN, and some church groups may have an interest in this as well.
As our needs grow, we are looking to expand our volunteer base. With the current state of the economy it would be much easier if we had enough volunteers in each area to give locally...many of us could save on shipping costs as we help fill the needs for these precious babies and their families. So how about it? Every little bit helps and you never know where you might spark an interest in our mission