Today I’m writing with The Ronald McDonald House to inspire you with ideas to start your own fundraiser. Little acts of kindness go a long way with charity. Some times it can seem overwhelming, that you’re not doing enough but it doesn’t go unnoticed, trust me. Growing up, my favorite way to give back was volunteering my time. Nowadays, I don’t have the time like I used to but I love to give love from my kitchen.
I’m spreading awareness for RMHC because in 2016, this organization provided 2.4 million overnight stays to families. By doing this, parents were able to spend time with their sick children, interact with doctors and caregivers while they had to make important decisions. While the children receive critical medical care, their families are able to stay steps away from the hospital.
Starting a fundraiser with RMHC is quite simple, you can register here at rmhc.org/RaiseLove
And you can raise love with things that you love! Some great ideas are: bake sales, candy sales, dance-a-thon, battle of the bands, 5k. There’s so much to do!
If you want to do a bake sale, here are two fool proof cookie recipes that I LOVE.
My fave chocolate chip recipe
3/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 large egg & 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups milk chocolate chips
- Combine melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar
- Add in egg, egg yolk and vanilla (Mix until lighter in color)
- Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl and the bottom really well to ensure a smooth, well stirred batter.
- Stir the chocolate chips into the batter and let it sit 20 minutes to let the flour soak into the rest of the batter.
- Preheat oven to 325. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and place cookie dough onto prepared pans, using a two tablespoon cookie scoop.
- Bake 8-9 minutes, rotating sheets half way through baking.
- Leave the cookies on the hot baking pans for 5-7 minutes and then place on cooling rack.
– 2 heaping cups flour
– ½ tsp. baking soda
– 1½ sticks unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
– ½ tsp. salt
– 1 cup brown sugar
– ½ cup sugar- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
– 2 tsp. vanilla- 1 cup mini M&Ms
– 1 cup regular M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix butter and sugars until well combined. Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla and mix well.
- Slowly add flour mixture to the we mixture and mix until dough forms. Use hands if needed.
- Crush 1 cup of regular M&Ms. Fold in crushed and non-crushed M&Ms to your dough.
- Decide how big you would like your cookies. I wanted giant cookies, so I made 2 inch balls. After rolling into a ball, break into equal pieces. Turn one piece rough side (what used to be the inside of the ball) down onto the greased cookie sheet. Put the other piece on top of that, rough side up. Space a few inches apart, depending on how big your cookie is. Add M&Ms on top if desired.
- Bake large cookies for 110-13 minutes and small cookies for 7-9 minutes or until the edges are golden. Centers should be soft and puffy. Cool and enjoy.
Please start your fundraiser with RMHC. It’s so nice to have the freedom to do what you love. The goal is 12,500 more overnight stays to families of sick children this year.