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Jigsaw Puzzle Fundraiser

A jigsaw puzzle fundraiser was one way a couple was able to successfully raise funds to help pay for their international adoption.





Sarah McDaniel found her puzzle through Amazon. You can also find a wide selections of puzzles here. Because she didn't want to spend much money on a frame, she bought two poster frames locally and used the front plexi-glass from one to put on the back of the other, so the puzzle could be seen from both sides.

Then she and her husband set up a website through this free website service. They emailed the link to friends and also had 100 brochures printed up through Vista Print and mailed them out to friends and family, so the cost of this puzzle fundraiser was only the puzzle itself and the brochures.

They asked for $10 per puzzle piece and added pieces to the puzzle as the funds came in. Eventually they sold all 500 pieces of the puzzle and now have the completed puzzle hanging in their living room.

Sarah later said, "This (fundraiser) went so well for us, obviously first because of God's grace, but from a human standpoint, because we really didn't do many others. It was also one where all of the donated funds went directly to our adoption cost, rather than the cost of some kind of product.

"We were surprised, throughout, ... as to where some of the funds came - some we expected would give, never did, and vice-versa. It's amazing when we rest in God (not an easy task), what we get to see Him do!!





The completed puzzle is now hanging on the McDaniel's wall. "You can't readily see the back," she said, "but we can take it down as a family to see the works of God . . . and even just seeing it on our wall is a wonderful 'altar' in our lives to what God has done . . . especially for our son as he grows, and we want to continually impress on him God's plan for His life and how God was working before we even knew him. I was impressed at how God seemed to always have the Israelites build an altar after the "big" events, so they would remember . . . we want to always be moving forward in our walk with God, but still remembering all He has already done for us!

"We are home 5 days now with our 2 1/2-3 yr. old son. We'll be taking him to the international adoption clinic in the next couple of weeks, so hopefully they'll be able to help us determine a more definitive age for him."

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Mar 19, 2010
Setting up a Pay Pal Account
by: Susan

Bobbie,

I have never had a website with Weebly, but generally with most websites, you first create an HTML code through your Pay Pal Account. Go into your Pay Pal Account and click on the button that says Merchant Services and click on the Donate Button link.

Also, you will need to add your bank account number to your profile. In the drop down menu at the top, there is an option for that under Profile.

Hope this helps, and here's hoping your puzzle fundraiser is a roaring success!


Mar 16, 2010
Going to try your idea
by: Bobbie

Hello,

Congrats! We are hoping to adopt a little girl from Serbia.

In the past 30 minutes I purchased a 500 piece puzzle and have begun to write the website on Weebly.

How do you put the paypal button? I see an option for revenue (I have both a paypal & google account, I guess google would be better they don't take out fees) but I got the impression that these are for business accounts. Now that I went back I don't even see where it says choose google or paypal. I'd love a few words of advice.

Many thanks,
Bobbie

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