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If you’re busy like me (and I’m sure some of you are busier!) you know it’s hard to find time to give service. I get so caught up in my life and kids that I don’t even think about it, beyond just trying to be a kind person. I was really excited to throw this Give Extra Silent Auction Canned Food Drive! It was really fun and it was a great way to serve people in our community. It’s the perfect party to throw for Thanksgiving!
Basically, everyone brings all the canned food they can…the more they bring, the better the chance of winning the prizes they want. I gathered donations from amazingly generous businesses as an incentive. My guests would “bid” on items with canned food instead of money and at the end of the party, the person with the most cans on each item wins that prize.
The party favorites were the mini gift baskets. I had a pamper kit with Cinnamon Roll Extra Gum (it’s so yummy), a Jamberry gift card, nail polish, nail files and a Norwex makeup remover cloth. I also had a mini date night gift basket with Extra Winterfresh gum (because fresh breath is a MUST on date night), popcorn and a card game.
Cents of Style donated a Be the Good T-shirt that I designed, The Travel Mama’s Guide donated her book, a friend donated a sample pack of DoTerra Essential Oils, I donated my Blessed Print, Cut it Out Frames donated a $25 gift card and Silhouette donated some printable craft paper! Everyone was so generous…couldn’t have done this without them!
I laid everything out on the table with my FREE Printables to write the bids on. Printables include cupcake toppers, tent cards, patterned paper (I cut into 5″x7″ pieces for a banner), and bidding sheets.
Download the FREE Printables here (and leave a comment letting me know how much you liked them!)
I also served some yummy food (that was pretty much effortless because I didn’t have to cook a thing!)
It was definitely a big hit and my friends were even saying how they wanted to do this again before Thanksgiving! I have lots of canned food to take to the food bank and we had a girls night as an added bonus. I’m pretty sure this will be an annual thing! Make sure you follow Extra Gum on Facebook and Twitter for my ways you can Give Extra!