Water Bottles for Change

I love hearing ideas from our constituents. Bonnie from Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clinton, NC called recently to say that their congregation had found a great idea – on Pinterest, of all places!

Knowing that the summer Vacation Bible School was using a “water” theme, Bonnie was looking for a fundraiser to tie in the Giving Catalog. Their goal was to buy a whole well! She found the idea to fill water bottles with dimes as a fundraiser, and decided to make it work for her congregation. When I talked to her after the project had completed, she said the whole process was wonderful – and very easy to get everyone excited about.


  • Bonnie bought 8 oz water bottles, and found that they held roughly $40 worth of dimes
  • She used address labels to put instructions on each bottle – the youth group helped her stick them on in no time
  • Kids handed out bottles on Mother’s Day, and extras were kept in the church office for those who missed it
  • Members were reminded to bring their bottles back (filled!) on the Sunday after Father’s day – to kick off VBS
Water bottle piggy bank

This inspiring story (and some Pinterest searching of my own) got me thinking – what about changing it up and making a piggy bank to sponsor a piglet from the new catalog?

Do you have a great idea for promoting the Giving Catalog? Let us know!

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