Monday, May 7, 2012

HINTERsupport - Fundraising Tips

I know support letters are a necessity because mission trips cost lots of money...and it helps the student grow in how the world works.

But, when my boy had to send a support letter out to request for prayers and money for his mission trip in Washington DC, I thought that it would be best if I create a form letter that reflects true HINTER sentiments.

You see, as a HINTER, a support letter should be filled with a personal connection, honesty, and clarity what the mission-bound HINTER is really up to.

~~~~~  The "HINTER Seeking Support" Form Letter ~~~~~

Dear Person-I-Barely-Know,

Remember me? The last time I saw you I screamed at the top of my lungs and messed in my pants. Sorry about that. Granted, I was only 2, but you were tall, scary, and you smelled like dog (or maybe that was your mamoth-sized-to-my-toddlerness Yorkie). I've learned from that 'life-lesson' moment and have since then improved how I interact with those much older than me...way older than me.

Other than the 'incident' in your pool last summer while you were on vacation, I have been a model of today's youth. What? You didn't know about that? Well, this is now also a confessional letter.

I am writing you to ask for your prayers...and money. Well, I'm really writing to ask you for money. I know prayers are powerful, but I tried to 'pray myself a new iPod Touch' last Christmas and it didn't I think some cold hard cash will be more effective in paying for the plane ticket.

I am traveling to Washington, DC this summer with two girls I like...and my church youth group...and some leaders. I'm really looking forward to the trip! We will start out spending time serving the desperate, clueless, and the criminal in DC. Then, once we leave the Capital building, we will serve the honorable and homeless around the city (don't worry about my safety, I've learned lethal hand-to-hand combat from BlackOps, and so far it works great against my 8-year-old brother).

While we are there, I plan on promoting my band (and Jesus I guess)...because nothing brings joy like a youth-driven-awesomely-rocking metal song...about Jesus. If you donate, I'll send you a link to our Facebook fan page so you can follow the band, er, mission trip.

I'll admit this trip could be life-changing. Your donation could help me learn to care for the needy, learn how to trust God in tough situations, and appreciate how great I have it at home. But even if I don't, I'll get to see the Crime Museum and the International Spy Museum...both in my 'gift mix' and could accelerate my main career interests.

Best of all, I won't have spent a dime of my own money...unless the Spy museum still sells their "21 ways to infiltrate your boss's/teachers/parents computer for your own gain" booklet.

Thank you for your prayers...and your money...especially your money.

Sincerely, Your just-a-little-bit-more-than-a-stranger-but-my-parents-think-you're-ok friend,

I-just-wasted-20-minutes-of-Skyrim-I'll-never-get-back HINTER.
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