It's fall. The air is cooling. The leaves are changing. Cider mills are doing their business. And the fundraiser forms are coming home from school. LOL
There's a wide variety of fundraisers. Popcorn, wrapping paper, nuts, magazines, tickets to this event or that, kids wanting your returnable bottles and cans, or just requests for funds!
Knowing there are frequently better products elsewhere, prizes you can just purchase outright instead of waiting for a raffle, or just things you'd rather do with your money, why should you spend or donate it with schoolkids you may or may not know?
Because they are our future! These kids are learning their way in the world. They're frequently at schools and in classes that need more supplies - technology, playground equipment, more books, art supplies, musical resources - all of these are vital to the classroom and cost more money than the government generally allots to give to the school.
You should buy it/get a raffle ticket/donate cash because these kids had the gumption to come to you and ask. You should contribute to help show them that the world is full of good people and helpers. It might be a raffle ticket for a prize you don't want, or you'd rather buy for yourself than wait for a raffle and hope to win. You should still buy the ticket.
Odds are, the kid may not even know for sure what the prize you could win is, but they know their prize for selling enough tickets, or getting enough donations.
And the prize for all of us? Is a better educated student, a better equipped citizen, someone with hope and ambition left, who will soon populate our world as one of the grown-ups. Let's help them, and ourselves, by setting them off on the right foot, shall we?