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5 Creative Ways to Help a Child in Need

Rachel Godwin
Aug 08, 2016

Sponsorship is one of the easiest yet most powerful ways you can be the one to change the life of a child in need.

For just over a dollar a day, you can make sure your sponsored child receives things like food, clothing, medical care, educational assistance, and spiritual guidance.

Still, one of the most common reasons why people put off sponsoring a child is because they can’t afford the monthly commitment.

We understand you have many other financial responsibilities and every dollar is important, so we’ve come up with five creative ways you can raise funds to sponsor a child without cutting into your budget.

1. Get Together

You’re more than likely already part of some sort of group, whether it’s a softball team, Bible study, or just a bunch of friends who get together for coffee. Why not ask them to help you sponsor a child?

Each person would only have to pitch in a few dollars each month, and everyone would get a chance to make a difference in a child’s life. Imagine how amazing it’ll be to share your sponsored child’s letters with your group and then pray for the child together.

2. Get Crafty

Are you a crafter? Turn your hobby into a way to help sponsor a child. Whether you enjoy knitting scarves, making jewelry, building pallet furniture, or even making duct tape wallets, chances are you can sell your creations.

Try making holiday-themed items such as ornaments in December or hand-made valentines in February. Even if you’re not a crafty person, there are tons of easy DIY projects you can make and sell. Just check out our Pinterest board!

3. Get Your Kids Involved

Sponsorship is an incredible way to introduce your kids to the world around them, and teach them the importance of helping others. Look for ways they can help contribute to your sponsored child by making money in your community.

Ask around to see if any neighbors or older relatives have yard work or household chores your children can help out with. Do you have a teenager who could babysit for couples in your church? Of course, there’s always the classic lemonade stand. Few can resist a cute kid selling something for a good cause.

4. Get Cleaning

We could all probably use a little de-cluttering in our lives . . . but instead of just throwing out all those clothes, books, and toys your family never uses anymore, why not have a yard sale?

Add an element of fun to your sale by offering mystery grab bags containing several small items for $1. Your customers will love the suspense, and each bag sold represents another day that your sponsored child will be cared for.

5. Get Competitive

If you love to play games, consider hosting a tournament to help your sponsored child. It can be something as simple as corn hole, horseshoes, or even dodgeball. Or if you’re not feeling very athletic, have a trivia night instead!

A tournament is a very cost-effective fundraiser plus it’s loads of fun. Don’t forget to add a refreshment stand for hungry competitors and spectators to help you reach your goal of sponsorship even faster.

Whether you’ve been thinking about sponsoring for the first time or want to increase your sponsorship family by supporting an additional child, there are plenty of ways you can make it happen.

With a little creativity and determination, you’ll quickly find that you can afford to be the one for a child who is waiting for you.


Do you have other ideas for creative ways to pay for sponsorship and impact a life? If so, we’d love to hear your suggestions and success stories on our Facebook page.


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