People To People Club members led by Ayesha Kapil (far right) take the first shift at wrapping gifts for donations.
For the past five holiday seasons, Temwani Board Officer, Bevin Dunn, has wrapped gifts at a San Diego based Barnes and Noble bookstore in return for donations to Temwani. It’s a great way to benefit HIV/AIDS orphans in Zambia, gives Temwani Children’s Foundation public exposure, and, says Bevin: “I always meet wonderful people who inspire me with their generosity.”
One year while gift wrapping, Bevin met a couple whose daughter Ayesha was forming a branch of the service club, People To People, at Torrey Pines High School. “I ended up giving a few presentations to the new group, including slideshows about Temwani’s work. I also helped the students brainstorm ways to raise funds for charities and gave them tips on how to talk about a cause they care about,” Bevin shared.
The following year, Ayesha’s club tackled a gift wrapping day of their own, taking on a busy weekend in three shifts. They were nervous about how to engage strangers with their message about Temwani Children’s Foundation in the short time it takes to wrap a book (usually just 1-2 minutes!).
“After giving them pointers at the beginning of the shift, I felt bad when the very first customer didn’t give a donation,” Bevin said. “But, it helped the kids improve their message about why they were wrapping gifts, and after only one hour, they had filled the donation basket! The second crew had a prime shopping time, and wrapped up a storm, pulling in several $20 donations. The third shift was busy with people who gave large donations, and received the largest donation of $30. These kids rocked it!!”
“I am so proud of all the students, and they were excited knowing they really made a difference for orphans in Zambia. They blew away their goal of raising $120, and almost doubled it, raising a total of $230 in one day!” Later, the club raised an additional $80 at a book drive.
Zikomo (many thanks) goes out to Ayesha Kapil and the members of Torrey Pines’ People to People for their help!
You too can raise money for Temwani by wrapping gifts during the holiday season! Most large chain bookstores provide opportunities for charitable groups to gift wrap during the winter holidays for a chosen nonprofit organization that keeps all the donations received by volunteers. The stores provide the wrapping supplies-all you need to do is show up! Time slots start to fill up in October, and volunteers are needed from Thanksgiving to Christmas. If you are looking for a fun way to help Temwani Children’s Foundation this year, this is a great option!
Contact Bevin at: dunn [@] temwani.org for more information.