I've been putting off creating a blog for our Relay for Life Team for a couple of reasons. First, I manage 3 other blogs and I was afraid of becoming a blog addict. :o) Second, I'm trying to actually spend more time creating, rather than spending time on the computer. But, I really want a place to share information with you about Relay, cancer, American Cancer Society programs, information about our Etsy shop, etc., so a blog seems like a great way to accomplish this.
My name is Rachel and I'm the Captain of Raven's Rascals Relay for Life Team. The team currently consists of Hubby, my 4 children ages 15 to 5, my mother, and myself. This is my 5th year of Relay and our 2nd year as a family team.
We have had so many family members affected by cancer, but one of our main reasons for Relaying is my Father-in-law who was lost to cancer before I had a chance to meet him. From all the loving stories I've heard about him, I have really missed something not being able to have met him and my children are missing out on someone who would have undoubtedly been an awesome grandfather. We Relay to do our part in finding a cure for this deadly disease and to help those currently battling it.
Some ways we fundraise:
1. Etsy shop where 100% of the proceeds is donated to the ACS.
2. Donation only garage sale in June
This one is fun for us and the buyers! We solicit items from our friends, family and neighbors and hold a garage sale where nothing is priced. The buyer can choose an item(s) and with a donation of their choosing, the item is theirs! Whatever items we have left at the end of the sale are donated to our local Discovery Shop, an American Cancer Society thrift store.
3. Put together gift baskets to sell drawing tickets for or enter into our event's silent auction.
4. Change Jar
We have a large plastic container that we put all our spare change into, including all money I find in the washer/dryer! (Last year I found a whole $20!) Just in change alone we had over $100 by our Relay event's end!
5. Online donations are always welcome!
These are just some of the bigger ways we fundraise. I hope to use this blog to fundraise of course, but to also share information on programs and happenings with the ACS.
Thanks for following us! We really appreciate all the support we been shown in this worthwhile venture!