Learning that your child has a life threatening illness is difficult enough, but it gets worse when the bill comes. Medical problems can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and the insurance company isn't likely to cover everything, leaving a huge bill to be paid. To help pay for your child's medical expenses, here are some fundraising ideas. Keep in mind, though, that you cannot start a non-profit organisation to support only your child, so donations will be taxable. Talk to a tax professional for more details.
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One of the simplest ways to raise money is to ask people for donations. Talk to family and friends about your child's illness and let them know that they can make a donation---try not to ask, which could build resentment if the person cannot afford to. Set up a website with a PayPal button to accept donations. Welcome donations of time and money even if a person cannot donate money. Sell an item to get the money needed or accept a free meal when you're too tired to cook.
You can sell items in order to raise money. One way to do this is through a yard sale. Many families in your community can donate their unwanted items to the sale, with all of the proceeds going to the hospital bill. Another option is contacting an official fundraising company that offers items such as pizzas, cookie dough or discount cards to sell to raise money.
Choose a food that's relatively cheap and easy to make, such as spaghetti or hot dogs and hamburgers as a dinner benefit. Ask a local church or American Legion if they would be willing to donate space for the meal. Supporters receive a meal in exchange for their donation.
Look for charities that deal with your child's illness. These charities often have special funds that are available to help families out. You may have to go through a formal application process and be approved in order to receive such funds. Funding is often limited, so research and apply through different charities---don't count on just one. Alternatively, some charities post your child's story on their websites---strangers may feel inspired by the story and offer to donate money specifically for your child.
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