Sell sealed envelops with coupons for instant winners. This is a great way to mingle with people during an event. Get a large number of envelopes and fill each one either with a winning coupon or a 'Better luck next time' note. Make sure 1 in 4 is a winner. Mix all the envelopes well. Punch a hole on the corner of the sealed envelope and hang all yoru envelopes on a large ring - or two. Volunteers carry the rings and watch their collection decrease as they work the crowd to sell envelopes.
Does your local TV station cover traffic reports by helicopter? Call them up and ask if they want to donate a ride for a kid for one morning. With a little luck they will make a local news story from it and your son/daughter will be famous!
Love dogs? Get a volunteer to dog-sit for a weekend. Or create a donation for dog walking services for a weekend. Make sure that the dog is kid friendly. Do you have multiple kids wanting to volunteer to dog walk? Double the donation for double the gains. Pearl Bids supports multiple winners on the same bid sheet with no additional entries.
Do you have a couple of contractors in your community? Take a group photo (with toolbelts and all) and create a donation. (Materials not included.) Who couldn't use a a few hours of their skilled time? It's a great way to get through the honey-do list!
Love cats? Get a volunteer to cat-sit for a weekend and turn it into one of your donation items. Cats are easy: food, water and cat litter. Make a donation coupon to cat-sit for a weekend.
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