One of my sisters (Hi, Breanne!) did this awesome multi-cultural book club for her nieces and nephews over the past year.
Each month she would send a book that helped the kids learn more about a different culture or life situation and then they would discuss it on video chat.
At the end of the book club, she had the amazing idea to have the kids work together to raise money to buy a goat for a refugee family in Jordan through Lifting Hands International (LHI), after reading and discussing Beatrice's Goat.
Wesley has been begging me for quite some time to have a "roll stand."
You know, like a lemonade stand, but featuring rolls because Wesley loves bread so much.
So naturally, when we were thinking of ideas for the kids to raise some money, we decided selling rolls would be a fun activity. I figured I could make a bunch of rolls, and then the boys could walk around the neighborhood and, while I watched from the sidewalk, knock on doors and explain their project. It would be a good way to meet more of our neighbors, help people learn about LHI (it was started by my friend's sister and is truly an amazing organization!), and help the boys develop some skills.
Well, I decided that before they started going door-to-door, I might post about the project on our ward Facebook page and see if there was any interest.
So I snapped a picture of the boys with some rolls (don't they look like such cute little business partners??) and put it online.
And then the orders started rolling in (no pun intended!).
More and more and MORE people were ordering rolls until I had almost more than I felt I could handle.
At last the orders stopped and we made plans to make and deliver rolls.
33 dozen rolls later I was totally exhausted, we had made deliveries alone for 4 hours, and my boys were ELATED about how much money they were able to raise for the goat.
My wallet was very full of cash as people gave more than they owed to support the good cause,
and the boys had a memory that I hope will last a lifetime.
Needless to say, we didn't walk around the neighborhood this time,
but we might try a project like this again in the future!
Only next time we better work on communicating a little better with Lincoln.
Somehow he misunderstood and thought we were raising money to buy a goat for US to have.
When he learned that wasn't true, he dissolved into tears.
Apparently he wants a mini-farm just as much as his mommy.
Thanks for the fun project, Aunt Breanne!
PS-I had people asking for the recipe, ordering additional rolls, and asking me to teach them to make the rolls after they ate them. For anyone interested, here is the recipe!
1 t. salt
3/4 c. butter (not margarine)
1/2 c. sugar
2 T. yeast
2 c. very warm water
Pour liquid into a bowl containing 6 cups of flour. Mix well with a fork (it will be very sticky). Let rise 1-2 hours. (If it rises longer it will get too sticky.) Spread 1 c. of flour out on the counter and scrape dough onto it. Knead a little (add more flour if needed) and divide into three equal pieces. Roll each piece into a circle about 1/2 inch thick and cut pizza style into 12 pieces. Roll into crescent rolls. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes (or until lightly browned) after letting them rise a little on pan. Rub a little butter over the tops immediately after taking them from the oven.