14 Christmas fundraisers for socially distanced PTAs
Christmas is getting nearer, but there's still time to
organise some exciting and safe activities to bring in festive
1 Christmas Eve boxes
Bulk buy recyclable paper bags and decorate with Christmassy
patterns. Fill them with items such as books, a craft kit, hot
chocolate, a letter from Santa, and eco-friendly reindeer food.
Charge a small amount that still makes a profit. Supporters can
pick up from a pre-arranged place observing guidelines or you could
2 Twelve days of Christmas raffle
Secure 12 festive prizes such as a Christmas pudding,
poinsettia, books, a mini-Christmas tree and a hamper. Sell tickets
throughout November and start the draw on either December 1st or 12
days before school breaks up. Each day, the winning raffle ticket
gets the corresponding prize.
3 Storytime with Santa
Allocate a time slot for each bubble so they can visit Santa in
the school hall. He can read them a story at a distance amongst
festive decorations. Storytime can also be recreated virtually,
either over Zoom or with a recording of Santa tailored to each
class. When the story finishes, Santa announces he's left a sack of
presents outside the classroom.
4 Advent calendar raffle
Join in with the trend for unusual advent calendars. Either
purchase the advent calendars or seek donations. Alcoholic
offerings such as gin and prosecco might work for parents, whilst
LEGO will be popular with the kids. Sell tickets for 50p-£2 each
depending on the value of the calendar, ensuring the draw date
allows time to deliver the calendar ready for 1st December.
5 Treasure hunt
Get in touch with local shops and ask if you can display a
Christmassy clue in their window. Each one should link to a festive
word, song or carol. Families pay for a map and instructions to
enable them to hunt down the answer. Once they have it, they can
email the PTA and be entered into a prize draw. Hold the event over
one or two weeks to ensure it doesn't get too busy. It's a great
way to encourage people into town for some Christmas shopping if
they feel safe doing so.
Numerous theatre companies are offering panto recordings this
year, which can be viewed an unlimited number of times over a set
period, making it ideal for showing to multiple classes. This works
out a lot cheaper than licensing a film night. Companies include Eva
Long Productions and Hob Goblin Theatre Company.
7 Balloon race
Celebrate the start of December with an eco-friendly balloon
race. Eco-racing runs
virtual balloon races using real weather data and geographical
positions. Supporters can even decorate and alter their balloon
8 Festive afternoon tea
Deliver a festive tea to get everyone in a Christmas mood. This
could include Christmas cake, mince pies, hot chocolate and even
mulled wine. Parents order their food online in advance, and it's
delivered fresh to their home on the allocated day. If there's a
baker in your community, get them involved.
Draw on the talents of your local community to get everyone
learning a new skill. Would parents and carers enjoy watching
a florist teach a wreath-making event or a crafter sharing their
card making expertise? If attendees need certain materials to take
part, provide them with a shopping list, or include materials in
the ticket price and deliver to their home.
Make a playlist of Christmas tunes to play over a Zoom call. Ask
everyone to wear festive colours and add some classic party games
for variety. Include a surprise cameo from Santa to enhance the
11 Shopping affiliate
This one is crucial for any PTA in the run-up to Christmas! Each
time a parent makes an online purchase through an affiliate website
such as The Giving Machine and Give As You
Live your PTA earns commission at no cost to the parent or PTA.
Set it up for free and shout it from the rooftops (or your social
media and newsletters) to make sure you cash in on everyone's
12 Christmas puddings
Selling personalised Christmas and sponge puddings is an easy
and delicious way to raise funds. Puddings can be labelled with a
design of your choice, which could be the PTA logo or a pupil's
drawing. Find out more at Freshfield Bakery.
13 Christmas jumper sale
Arrange a collection of everyone's outgrown Christmas jumpers
from last year. Wash, photograph and list them online, with
payments made via your PTAs usual online system.
14 Bauble competition
Invite pupils to enter the competition for £1 per bauble. Once
you know numbers, purchase shatterproof baubles from a wholesaler
and distribute to participants, giving them two weeks to get
creative. Get one small tree for each bubble to decorate their
trees, and post photos online so everyone can enjoy them. Ask the
headteacher to award a range of prizes.
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