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Dear Alexander,

I would like to do something on my own for Food Allergy Awareness Week this year. Can you help me come up with an idea?

I love to hear about kids who want to share what they know about food allergies with others! I think I can give you a couple of ideas that you'll feel good about.

One of the easiest things to do on your own is to make posters that teach others about food allergies. Draw the foods that you are allergic to, or copy some facts about food allergies, or even print an inspiring message in bold letters! Get creative! Then, ask your school principal if you can put them up in the hallways or in the cafeteria.

Another idea is to organize a lemonade stand and donate your profits to FAAN, which help others who have food allergies by creating educational programs and raising awareness. Let your customers know about your food allergies and let them know that by buying your delicious lemonade or contributing, they'll be helping those who have food allergies. This idea works well for yard sales and bake sales, too. Perhaps you and your parents can find items that you don't want or need anymore, or whip up some allergy-friendly goodies and donate your profits. Be sure you let your customers know that proceeds go to a great cause!

Whatever you decide to do, have your parents take some pictures and send them to us! We’d love to see as many kids participate in Food Allergy Awareness Week. Ask your parents to e-mail pictures and a description of what you do to celebrate Food Allergy Awareness Week to faaw@foodallergy.org so that we can share your ideas with others. Good luck!

Good luck!

Your friend,

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The information above is not designed to take the place of a doctor’s instructions. Patients are urged to contact a doctor for specific information regarding guidelines for care.

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