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Worried that your friends and family will not donate? No problem! Our dancers "can" by asking for donations of spare change all over the city. Canning raises money for your personal fundraising goal and helps spread the word about DemonTHON's mission for Lurie Children's. The more people you ask, the more donations you'll receive, so don't be shy.

Why go canning?


It's fun!

Canning is one of the most exciting and fun ways to fundraise for DemonTHON. Chicago is a city full of interesting people, and you will meet many on your canning adventures. 

It's a great way to get to know people

Ask anyone who has been canning with their team, organization, or friends and they will likely say it was a great bonding experience. Relationships built during DemonTHON and it’s fundraising events are relationships that last a lifetime.


Most importantly, you'll be making a difference in the life of a child

When it comes down to it, regardless of how well your canning goes, you're making a difference in the life of a child. Whether you raised $10 or $100 you are helping ease the financial burden for patients and their families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and allowing them to have exceptional care. Every penny counts!

Helpful Tips


Make Eye Contact

  • Make eye contact with 1 person or 1 group. Ask them directly if they'd like to donate any spare change to Lurie Children's Hospital

  • Avoid phone usage​


Be personable

  • Offer to take pictures in touristy areas

  • If someone cannot donate, pass on a smile and well wishes

  • Instead of mentioning DemonTHON (relatively unknown to the Chicago community), we try to be more relatable by asking for donations for Lurie Children's (a known institution in Chicago)


Approach People

  • Don't sit back and wait for potential donors to approach you

  • You should be repeating your go-to phrase/ask every 5 seconds to a new person

  • Leaning forward, maintaining open body language, and smiling goes a long way!

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