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Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry hosts are making a difference in the lives of kids across the country. Read below to learn more from our 2017 hosts and their advice on how to make your event a success.
Sharon Alphas 
Weston, MA

What was your favorite part of hosting Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry? 

My favorite part of hosting Friendsgiving was sharing the No Kid Hungry message with all of my friends. When we all got together and talked about how important the mission is, it was easy to see that we could all help. We have 60 kids between this group! Knowing that all our kids know where their next meal is coming from and so many children don’t was an impactful message to share. 
What was your strategy for collecting funds and reaching your fundraising goals? 

Organizing my event was super easy with all the help from No Kid Hungry. Donating couldn’t have been easier with the No Kid Hungry link I added to the invitation. 

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish, tradition or memory? 
Thanksgiving memories are made with family, friends and food! I’m excited to host my 2nd annual Friendsgiving again in the fall. 

Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack
Highlands Ranch, CO

How did you hear about Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry?
I heard about Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry via the No Kid Hungry website. I wanted to organize some kind of fundraiser for No Kid Hungry but a bake sale did not make sense. I wanted to incorporate my love of entertaining for the holidays and my family traditions. I decided to host a Friendsgiving Tamalada (tamal-making party) and asked invited guests to donate to No Kid Hungry.

What was your fundraising strategy for raising funds?
Being that I am a food blogger, I not only wanted to share this with family and friends invited, but decided to share the fiesta virtually via Facebook live. As a social media influencer, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to share my passion of traditions and at the same time inspire folks to donate to a worthy cause like No Kid Hungry.
All my guests who attended made donations to my online fundraiser or placed cash near on our money tree. We set up a decorative white tree decorated with photos of children. As my guests donated, they hung a tamal ornament on the tree and at the end of the fiesta took home their ornament as a party favor.

What advice do you have for new Friendsgiving hosts? 
If anyone is hosting a party, I highly recommend combining it with Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry. It can be a housewarming party, a birthday party, a book club. Anything! Just let your guests know so that they can be prepared to donate virtually or in person. You’ll be surprised at how giving people can be once they learn more about No Kid Hungry.

Audrey and Galya
Alexandria, VA

What was your favorite part of hosting Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry?
We really enjoyed the process. We feel being part of a solution is a great way to be and feel and we were so excited that we were able to evoke the same sentiment with our friends and family!

What was your strategy for collecting funds and reaching your fundraising goals? 
We had a few strategies that helped us raise funds for our Friendsgiving.  First, we used the tools provided to us by No Kid Hungry. We made sure to read all of the statistics about childhood hunger and then made sure to share what we learned via our social networks. When you are trying to raise money for a cause, consistency is key, so we came up with the idea of posting videos on our progress.

Why was cohosting easier or more fun?  
We didn't put all of the pressure on just us. We asked everyone to bring a dish to share (potluck style) and we provided a signature drink. We played a few icebreaker games. It was a blast! All of the while we were all there celebrating and choosing to be part of the solution to help end childhood hunger, which we kept reminding out guests throughout the night.