Raising Money for
Fun and games
Two young boys from Minnesota proved that helping a loved one can be fun and games. Sam and Charlie, ages 12 and 10, decided to donate the proceeds of their annual backyard carnival to the Migraine Research Foundation in honor of their grandmother, a longtime migraine sufferer.
Making the carnival a success required a lot of hard work from Sam and Charlie. With some help from their parents, they made booths for games and food, drawing on ideas from the internet and those they had seen at the state fair. Invitations to the carnival were sent to family and friends. Local companies donated food and prizes for the carnival. Sam, Charlie and other family members manned the booths. Favorite games at this year’s carnival included marshmallow mini-golf, a tennis ball toss and a minnow race – featuring live minnows!
Sam and Charlie want people to know that with dedication and a lot of hard work, it’s not difficult to find a fun way to help others and raise awareness for important causes.
After the carnival was over, they both took great satisfaction in counting the money they raised, knowing it would help people like their grandmother. They also feel good about teaching others how common migraine is and how so few resources are devoted to finding help for sufferers.