(Closed) Heading a Christmas decoration drive for my son's school Need Advice

posted 5 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
6825 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Dollar store is your friend! Cheap decorations!

Post # 4
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Definitely try Dollar Tree, or searching for easy DIY types of things online to make out of household items. Also, try CVS and Walgreens- around the holidays, they always have tons of decorations and candy for cheap! 

Post # 5
3943 posts
Honey bee

Do you have a Christmas Tree Shop around you? I bought SOOO many decorations there when I was decorating my first apartment.


Post # 6
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

http://freecycle.org see if there is a Freecycle in your community or one nearby.  People post things to give away all the time in my community, and christmas decorations are always up for grabs.  

Each community freecycle group has its own rules and procedures for asking for gifts, so be sure to read any FAQ carefully before posting.


Post # 7
46219 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Update your Craigslist ad as often as you are allowed. Make sure you include the information that it is for the school. I would give you my old decorations if you lived nearby.

Can you ask the school if each class could make a decoration as an art project?

You could do one tree with paper snowflakes,

one with decorations made from sheet music

or pages from old books

gather toys from thrift shops and spray paint them gold

and never forget the ornaments made from pasta

Post # 8
5273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@MissFireFlower:  I assume that since you indicated that the families of the children arn’t very fotunate, you obviously don’t want the children to take a flyer and solicit potential donations from their parents, right? So I would focus on asking the teachers/staff for a few dollars. What about posting flyers at the school, including it in the newsletter to teachers, or have the principal make an announcement to teachers to see if they would like to donate? Or, do the classes have class moms? You can try to solicit donations from them?

Also remeber to make it tangable, by providing the big picture; like if there are 50 teachers/staff at the school write on your signs that “if everyone gives $2 that is $100 for refreshments and decorations for needy families!” See how that sounds more like a group initiative vs. saying “donate a few dollars” 

Also put your drive information on your facebook page, that way friends and family outside of your child’s school can have the opprotunity to give. 

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