It is a simple fundraiser that anyone or any group can participate in. For the 12th year, Hope Unlimited is again sponsoring its Baby Bottle Fundraiser.
On Mother’s Day businesses, churches, Sunday school classes, families and civic organizations may pick up the baby bottles with the main goal being to fill up the bottle with spare change, cash or checks and then simply return them to Hope Unlimited on Father’s Day.
“It’s crazy to think that in this digital age, something as simple as a baby bottle and spare change can make such a big difference, but it is one of our biggest fundraisers,” said Anne Bidwell, director of development at Hope Unlimited.
According to Bidwell, fundraisers are very important to Hope Unlimited. Unlike many not-for-profit organizations, they have very few grants. In fact, 72 percent of their income in 2012 was from fundraisers and church donations. “Sometimes, it feels as if the organization is surviving week to week, and fundraisers are the only thing we have,” said Bidwell. “I have been blown away by the community support we have received and how they believe in what we’re doing.” Hope Unlimited doesn’t have a set goal, but the past three years, each Baby Bottle fundraiser has raised an average of $24,700, and every little bit helps.
“My eight year old daughter once donated $1.38, and we wrote her a thank you card and even gave her a tax form. That same appreciation is true for anyone who gives, no matter what the amount,” Bidwell said.
“The Baby Bottle Fundraiser is an easy way to remind people that we are here, helping families in the community,” said Bidwell.
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