Ways to fundraise for Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that has been providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world since 1970.
Across Canada, people are working hard to creatively raise
money to partner with Samaritan's Purse Canada and
provide physical and spiritual aid to hurting people.
Walk a set distance with your friends and/or family and
raise money to help more impoverished
families receive safe water and hear about the Living
Water of Jesus Christ.
The Friesen family decided to forego their usual ritual of
buying and exchanging gifts, instead deciding to choose a family
"It was an amazing example to us all of reaching outside of our
world and sharing the love of Christ with those less fortunate,"
writes Jen. "As a mom, what joy to watch my small children see this
incredible example, and experience the true meaning of
Several children and teenagers across Canada have given up
presents for their birthday parties and instead asked friends and
family to help raise money to purchase water filters. One young
girl decided to use her ninth birthday party to help. Her friends
brought donations instead of presents, and raised $250 for
One kindergarten class set a goal to help one family have access
to clean water, and sold enough kindergarten year books to purchase
a BioSand Water Filter.
School teacher Stephanie Anderson challenged her Grade 10/11
class to raise as much filter money collectively as she did
individually. Whoever "lost" the challenge would have to dress up
in a silly way, "generally looking ridiculous," says Anderson, for
the end-of-the-year field trip to the zoo. The class goal was to
raise $400. Instead, they raised $5,000. During the trip to the
zoo, the students each wore a sign reading 'ask me why I look like
this.' "They felt like celebrities as people applauded their
efforts to support Samaritan's Purse," recalls Anderson. "I think
they were the main attraction at the zoo that day."
Families and Individuals
Families across Canada have been engaged in advocating for the
Turn on the Tap campaign in their community groups, churches, and
schools. Eighteen-year-old Johnny Moorhouse worked a summer
job and decided to use his wages towards purchasing BioSand Water
Filters to bless families in need. Thirteen-year-old Nicholas
Burger lobbied friends, family and church members to raise money
for water filters. Over the past three years, young Nicholas has
raised funds for over a dozen BioSand Water Filters, and continues
to support the work of Samaritan's Purse.
Sports teams and associations have risen to the challenge of
providing clean water to families and engaged in creative
fundraising campaigns through tournaments, change drives, and other
activities. A Christian softball league held a one-day event and
raised over $1,000 for 10 filters. Another Christian ball league
raised close to $13,000 throughout the season by collecting spare
change and soliciting larger donations.
A group of skiers and snowboarders collected donations at
the door of their kick-off party on Family Day weekend. A
corporate sponsor contributed the proceeds from each event
entry fee for towards BioSand Water filters.
A small church provided money to Samaritan's Purse for at least
16 BioSand Water Filters, after challenging members and the local
community to get involved. "It was a wonderful opportunity to
encourage our community to 'think outside their box' and help those
in need," writes church member Val Wolowich. "We take our clean
water so for granted and often forget that so many people don't
even dream of having a refreshing glass of clear water."