There is no question an iPad and the applications that run on it can help a special needs child but coming up with anywhere from $400 to $800 dollars to purchase it can be tough. Below are some of the ways I have brainstormed on how to come up with the money to buy an iPad.
I’ll be using some of these strategies myself to fund an iPad 2 for my son. He has a first generation iPad. We got it partially sponsored through a local developmental disability agency.
1. Offer your services and let people know the money is going towards an iPad for your child
Are you really good at something? Organizing or administrative work? Are you willing to do some manual labor? Help someone paint a house or mow lawns? Let your friends and family know you are available for hire and that the money is going into the iPad fund. I have found that most of the time people are very generous when you let them know why you are taking on extra work. Some might even donate toward the cost of the technology.
2. Sell items on Craigslist or ebay
Do you have an extra TV? How about an exercise machine that is not being used? Used toys and baby gear go quickly on both craigslist and ebay. I have a couple of baby items that I’m putting on craigslist for our iPad 2 purchase.
3. Have a yard sale
This is one of the simplest ways to raise some quick cash. Ask friends, family and neighbors if they have anything they would like to donate to it. The last time we had a yard sale two of our neighbors and my father said they had items they wanted to sell but not enough to hold a yard sale of their own. Each one of them said to let them know when we were going to have the next one so they could drop off their donations to us. Don’t forget to set out a donation jar and a sign letting shoppers know that their purchases are going towards an iPad for a special needs child. If your child is not at the sale put a picture of them up as well. If your child is able have them run a lemonade stand as part of the yard sale. People like to see who is going to benefit from the sale.
4. Have a bake sale
Do you make really great cookies? Is your pecan pie to die for? Send an email out or post it on Facebook that you are baking for a cause. I know a mom that made cheese cakes to raise money for her special needs children.
5. Sponsorship from a charity
Many charities like to help children that live where they have a local chapter. Write a letter asking for a sponsorship, again be sure to include a picture of your child. Maybe even attend one of the charity’s events so members can met your child in person.
6. Hold a restaurant night
Ask a local restaurant if they will donate a portion of sales for the day to fund an iPad for a special needs child. Make up flyers and pass them out. Stand in the parking lot of the restaurant and give them out to patrons as they walk in.
7. Sell your crafts on Etsy
Do you like to sew, knit or make things? Start an Etsy shop and let customers know that these items are being sold to raise money for an iPad. Along these lines I will be selling crafts that I make at my bible study’s annual bazaar.
Best of luck in your fundraising!