I just read a great story from the Independent newspaper in New Jersey. The Holmdel Township Preschool Center raised funds for the Arthritis Foundation by holding a Jingle Bell Jump on December 5th.
There have been many run and walk fundraisers across the country to support the Arthritis Foundation but this event was unique.
Preschool director Diana Pepitone’s daughter, Nicole, has arthritis. As a result she knew that walks are hard on arthritis patients so she came up with the idea of a jump instead.
Bubble wrap was unrolled in the school’s hallways and in the classrooms and pipe cleaners are used to attached bells to the children’s shoes. At 10:00 a.m. the children started jumping on the bubble wrap to the tune of Jingle Bells. As you can imagine the preschoolers had a great time and raised $1,925 for this great cause.
Ms. Pepitone has been working with the New Jersey Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation to take the Jingle Bell Jump statewide. This year four other New Jersey schools joined in the event and they are working to get more schools involved.
There is an easy to follow kit that is sent to host sites which includes the jingle bells and sparkly pipe cleaners used to attach the bells to the child’s sneakers, the CD of the “Jingle Bell Rock” song, collection envelopes, incentive prize sheets and promotional materials.