October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Anyone who has suffered and survived breast cancer, or has a close friend or family member battling the disease, would argue every month should be breast cancer awareness month. The simple fact that we have an awareness month is great strides in public awareness. Not twenty years ago, the words, breast cancer, would never have been mentioned in public. Today, we have NFL football players wearing pink to support the cause.
You can get local kids and families involved in the fight to eliminate breast cancer with a local drive to fight by donating money proceeds from selling unwanted CDs and DVDs. Get the word out to local schools and businesses informing them about the opportunity. Many sites offer free shipping and a direct charitable donation to the charity of your choice. Increasing the efforts of large regional and national charities will increase funding for support and cancer research. Over half of all charitable donations are recycled back into the organizations for support for further fundraising activities. Help their efforts by coordinating smaller fundraising drives with the support of friends and family.
A charity event can create a buzz about the organization and those involved in its support. Contact local news media regarding public service announcements to alert residents about your project. If your CD drive is an ongoing project with various drop-off locations, include that information in your PSAs and direct them back to your website for further information. Insure your website is up to date with details regarding your project. Include links to drop-off locations, dates and times of special events and a counter updated regularly to let people see how well the campaign is doing.
If you decide to have a single day drive for your CD drop-off, plan for inclement weather and large crowds. Traffic control is vital to assuring easy access to you and your volunteers. Remember nasty weather can deter people from doing something so simple. Insure you have adequate support staff to assist with donations. Provide literature not only about your charity but also about the organization that will be processing all the unwanted CDs. The more you can do to encourage people to make this a regular habit rather than a one-time event, the closer we will all be to eradicating breast cancer.
Recycling your CDs for charity saves the environment and might just someday save the life of a loved one. Organizations that offer such great services as CD recycling are doing their part to reduce landfill overloading. Supporting important charitable organizations just takes that invaluable service one step further. Take the next step to eliminating breast cancer with a CD recycling drive today. Get started and you might just save a life.
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