Getting Free Fabric for Charity Projects?

I am a Girl Scout working on a charity project. I need fleece fabric and because I am young I do not have an income. So how do I find free fleece?

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October 17, 20191 found this helpful

Put want ads on Freecycle and Craigslist. Go to fabric stores and ask for donations of fleece that is not selling well.

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October 17, 20190 found this helpful

You can ask your parents if they could write a note for you on NextDoor asking for any donations (it would be safer option).

You could also ask word of mouth with family, neighbors, parents' co-workers/friends, etc for any donations, help.

With that money you could buy fleece. There is a clearance section at fabric stores where you can find for cheaper cost.

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October 18, 20190 found this helpful

Girl Scouts is an awesome group! I was one for many years, MANY years ago and we did all kinds of neat projects.

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You will need your parents or leader to help you with this. My suggestion is to treat your project as a charity itself and get an adult to help you set up a Go Fund Me account to help you pay for the fleece.

First, figure out how much fleece you will need and how much it will cost. You can ask at the fabric store if they will offer a discount for your Scouting project if you pay cash.

Sadly most stores have donation fatigue because too many people ask for free things. Hopefully they may offer you a discount, but at a minimum, you can ask for coupons to help (many stores still offer coupons in the print version of a Sunday paper--if your town still has one). ASK!

So get your total price--say you need $200 in materials.

Nextt...make a sample of what you are making for the charity and take a few really nice pictures showing it off.

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Then an adult can help you start a Go Fund Me account where you tell your story--who you are, what your project is and that it is for Girl Scout Troop (YOUR TROOP NUMBER AND LOCATION), who/where your project benefits, how much money you need for your project (your total from above), why you are doing your project, when the project will happen (Like MAKING IT OVER THANKSGIVING, GIVING AS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS)

Tell them in the story that you have arranged for a discount (so they know you are trying to make this happen on a budget) and ask for help....this needs to be a clear statement of I need your donation, no matter how small to make this project happen (or something like that in your own words).

Adults will need to share the post to their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitters, Instagram, NextDoor, etc.)

The Go Fund Me needs to be attached to a bank account as soon as the donations come in, the adult can transfer to the bank.

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When you reach your goal, go shopping and complete your project.

You will need to have the adult re-promote the Go Fund Me several times during the campaign (until your reach your goal).

You can send Thank You notes through Go Fund Me...so be sure to do that and AFTER the project is complete, it would be a nice gesture to send the donors a note with either a picture or a brief summary of how their donation helped.

Post back with an update on your project!! Blessings for a successful venture!

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October 18, 20190 found this helpful

Get parents involved, they may have friends and co/workers with ideas on how to help. Also ask at Churches for help/donations!

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October 18, 20190 found this helpful

You do not say what you are working on, whether you have a deadline date, or how much fleece you are going to need.

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You also do not say if this has to be in large pieces or if small pieces will work
Put your Girl Scout information along with the above information together so you can post it asking for free donations on all sites anyone mentions.
Be sure you set up an email address just for this time only and delete it after you have your donations.
Do NOT list or give out your address or any phone numbers but if, by chance, you receive a phone call, be sure you tell your parents. Also, again, be sure they are aware of any phone calls you receive as there are bad people who are checking for this type of ad all the time.

Craigslist, FreeCycle, Nextdoor.com are good starting places.

Check ads with your parents as they will be the ones taking you to pick up any offered donations.

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You can also print out the information and perhaps your parents can take you to several church/charity thrift stores and see if they can help you out - even if it does cost a small amount.

If you are a member of a church or organization, present this printed form to their office to see if they have some ideas.
I would do this first as sometimes they will mention it in services and great things can happen.
Where/when possible, be sure you let everyone that donates see a picture of your finished project with a thank you for helping note so they will be eager to help someone else in the future.

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October 18, 20190 found this helpful

You will more than likely need some help from your mom. She can post on FreeCycle and other types of donations sites to ask for fabric to help you out. She can also take you around to a few fabric stores in your area and see if they have some small pieces of fabric they would donate to your project. You can also try to ask for help on Facebook and explain what you are dong. A lot of times there are small fund raisers that you can do to earn the money to help you buy the fabric you need. People are always willing to donate to special project that help young children.

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