By Lonnie Huhman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Truffles for Troubles began nearly a year ago after a Chelsea mom heard the words, “hey mom.”
It was around December last year that Jennifer Fischer of Chelsea was traveling down the road when she and her three sons, Benjamin Fischer, 10, who attends South Meadows Elementary School; Jack Fischer, 12, who attends Beach Middle School and Bradley Fischer, 16, attending Chelsea High School, were listening to the radio.
They heard a radio station give away $2,000 to a little boy who was doing great things for his community.
“I don’t remember the exact story now, but my boys immediately said, hey mom, we should do something nice here in Chelsea,” Fischer said. “We talked a little, but soon reached the schools and the conversation was over. As I drove myself to the gym I remember thinking how nice it was that they even had the thought but just as quickly the thoughts vanished, and I just assumed it was something they talked about, but not something they were taking seriously.”
However, she said, “to my surprise as soon as they got home that day, the conversation started again. They brainstormed some ideas and came up with the idea to sell our homemade Oreo truffles.”
“They have always been a hit at parties and they thought that maybe others would like to purchase them,” she said. “With the money we made from sales they wanted to do some random acts of kindness. We talked about finding a cause to support and they came up with the idea of helping cancer patients who are currently going through chemotherapy. We decided that with the money made the boys would purchase items to make Chemo Care Kits for cancer patients.”
In the beginning, she said they had hoped to make enough money to drop off a few at the local cancer center, St. Joseph’s in Chelsea. So, they started with a goal of making $250 to make 10-15 kits.
“We advertised our truffle sale and what the profits would go towards on my personal Facebook page and to our surprise friends and family were super responsive and loved the idea,” she said. “The boys got hard at work making truffles over their winter break from school and practically every day after school once it resumed.”
Their campaign went much better than expected, she said, and they wound up making $500 and were able to make over 40 chemo care kits with the profits.
“Our first round was a success and the kids had a great time researching needed items for chemo patients and we delivered them to St. Joseph’s,” she said. “I was very proud of their work and they had a great time.”
They were contacted by the patients who received the kits and the Fischer boys received thank you cards and emails, and some even asked to meet the boys in person.
“They were inspired to then continue their project and raise even more money to make more kits,” Fischer said.
She said her boys then came up with the name Truffles for Troubles and even decided on the slogan of “Doing good deeds for those in need.”
“They have since decided to continue their focus on cancer patients,” she said. “Their second round of truffle sales brought in about $1,000 and we were able to start making and delivering chemo kits to cancer patients all over the country by recommendations from our truffle customers.”
She said word of their mission spread and they started even receiving orders for baby showers, office parties, weddings, etc. Recently they were asked to present the project to Thrivent Financial members in an event in town.
They going to be part of a fundraising event at The Pretzel Bell in Ann Arbor on Nov. 24th for the Vada Murray Fund for Cancer Research.
It’s been through community help that they’ve succeeded, Fischer said.
She said her boys continue to take truffle orders, but also find other ways to help brighten cancer patients lives. With Halloween coming soon they decided to ask for lollipop donations.
“With the lollipop donations we are going to make bottles filled with the suckers and a tag that says, ‘Cancer sucks but you are going to lick it’ or ‘Chemo sucks’ etc.,” Fischer said. “We will deliver them to cancer patients and centers in our area the week of Halloween as treats for the patients.”
They have collected well over 1,000 lollipops for this project so far and are accepting these donations through Oct. 26th for delivery the week of Halloween.
In November and December, their focus will be on asking for chemo care kit item donations, which they will be collecting through the end of the year to make as many kits as possible to donate to cancer centers in the area.
Fischer said, however, through all of their campaigns, they always accept truffle orders. They also accept chemo kit sponsors, meaning individuals can give monetary donations to sponsor kits, costing anywhere from $20 to $50.
“All of these activities help us continue our mission,” Fischer said on behalf of her boys. “We couldn’t do it without the support of this awesome community!”
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