Parents Talk: Should Kids Be Doing Door-to-Door Fundraising?
We teach our children about “stranger danger” but some organizations and schools encourage kids to sell products door-to-door to raise money.
Each year at this time, we get the knock at the door.
It’s the Girl Scouts, selling their cookies.
Don’t get me wrong, I can chow down a Thin Mint like nobody's business. But, the selling process leaves something to be desired. In fact, I tend to turn away most youth fundraising requests that appear at my doorstep for two reasons:
- I don’t like it that kids go door-to-door to fund-raise for the organization they are involved with. Honestly, I feel like there are plenty of other ways to raise money without hitting up homeowners.
- I don’t think it’s safe for the kids - even with parents tagging along.
I don’t think I’m alone in my safety concerns.
In fact, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says that while door-to-door solicitation may be a confidence builder for children, it causes “potential risks for child safety, even within the confines of your own neighborhood.” The safest thing is to prohibit your children from participating in door-to-door solicitations, the organization says on its website.
When my two kids were younger, we usually avoided the door-to-door sales. Sometimes, we just opted for asking family and friends to help in fundraising efforts—and they would ask the same of us.
Sure, our kids usually didn't win the coveted "awesome" prize for their sales, but I felt like it was the right decision for our family.
So, Patch readers, what do you think? Should kids be doing door-to-door fundraising? Why or Why not? Share your thoughts in comments.