If you are a parent, you have probably heard of the tv show “Phineas and Ferb.” This is one of my favorite shows to watch with my kids because it is just as entertaining for me as it is for them. The show is all about two brothers deciding what to do with their time on summer vacation. Watch this video to see some of the ideas they come up with.
As a father, one of my goals is to help my children “see outside of themselves.” One of the ways this can be done is by educating our kids about different “needs” in our community and around the world. One of the needs that we have identified is youth who are aging out of foster care. Did you know that between 36%-50% of youth who age out of foster care end up homeless within 18 months and that 64% of men who age out of foster care have been incarcerated by the time they turn 26? It is our desire to help these youth through a project we are calling Oasis. Check it out here.
I thought it would be fun to give you some ideas on how you can help make Oasis a reality and have some fun with your kids at the same time.
1. Car Wash
What kid doesn’t love to wash a car? This can be something you do in your neighborhood, and invite others to be a part and help out.
2. Lemonade Stand
Now this is a summer staple. Buy some lemonade, set up your stand, and start selling. You could also make it a competition and challenge your friends to do the same and whoever raises the most money, is the winner.
3. Garage Sale
This is another great way to raise money and get rid of that stuff you do not need. It is always fun walking your kids through the process of deciding what to sell and what to keep.
4. Collect Pop Cans
If you live in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, or Vermont, this is a great way to raise money. I have found that if you offer to come get the cans people will gladly let you have them, especially if it’s for a good cause.
5. Bake Sale
If you have kids who like to bake, this can be a lot of fun. This can be a great learning experience for your kids as well.
So if you have exhausted the ideas suggested by Phineas and Ferb, try one of these ideas and help us make Oasis a reality.
100% of all donations will go to Oasis, are tax deductible, and can be made here.