How about making more of them and having the center do a fundraiser, with the kids/clients participating fully? Invite the high mucky mucks in your area to the box auction Put $1,000 in one of the boxes, seal them all and let people bid. It's a donation and a kind of hardwood lottery. Tax deductible and it will drive prices way up.
You can do a silent auction as well. Put out each box with a number and have a bank exec. put the winning number in a sealed, registered letter, to be opened when all the boxes are sold. Then one of the kids comes out and presents each box to the winning bidder, then the center director opens the sealed envelope and hands over the $1,000 to the winner. Heck, see if the bank or other sponsors will donate the cash. Those boxes are great and you have a good heart.
Show the director this post and ask if she'd like to manage this. She probably has all the necessary connections to start putting this out there to draw a crowd. Have the kids in all the promotional pictures and stories and posts. Make sure every doner gets a picture of them with the kids in the newspaper and every facebook group for that area. Many local papers have fb pages that would gladly carry such items, and the director could even get them to co sponsor this, and if there's a local radio and TV station, they can be invited to participate as well, especially if it's a nonprofit center.
I have trouble speaking these days, but if the director would like to do this, I'll expand on it in a long email. Just let me know by private message. This kind of project if made public and promoted only a little bit, takes on a life and energy of its own. Not hard to do at all, and it can generate a number of long term contributors to the center.
I used to coach a course where people learned to carry out this kind of project, and it is amazing how many wonderful projects got done. Some persisted for a decade since then. We considered a project a success once it was taken over by someone else. We all quickly learned how easy it was to get big things done in an almost effortless way. You make the boxes, someone else does what you don't know how or are uncomfortable doing. You know me, always thinking of opportunity.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.
Last edited by DesertRatTom; 04-24-2020 at 03:03 PM.