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RE: Garden Product samples

Chris: My limited experience with this tells me that the earlier in the
year you start , the better. Many companies I have dealt with for our
annual church door prize drawing have told me in the past that they
budget so much for charity and when it is gone, it is gone...and it goes
fast. Many suggested that I call by March at the latest. So I would
start calling potential donors now to find out when in their year they
take donation requests. I know some companies have paperwork that needs
to be filled out ahead of time as a formal request. BTW, restaurants
seem to be the most generous with gift certificates...and who after a
very long day in the garden wouldn't rather have a place to eat out or
order in than cook?

Hills, IA  zone 5

 --- On Sun 04/24,  < Chris@widom-assoc.com > wrote:
From:  [mailto: Chris@widom-assoc.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:43:33 -0400
Subject: [CHAT] Garden Product samples

As many of you know, I am a member of the Long Island Daylily Society in
NY.<br>We will be hosting a national daylily convention for the
American<br>Hemerocallis Society for about 600 people in July of 2006.
We typically give<br>each registered person a bag of garden related
products. I need to write<br>letters to request samples of products that
would be appropriate for<br>gardeners (sunscreen, insect repellant,
fertilizer, magazines or booklets,<br>notepads, snacks to eat while on
the garden tours, hand wipes, hand held<br>paper fans, etc.). Does
anyone have suggestions of companies who may be<br>inclined to donate
samples to our not-for-profit group? Any ideas for good<br>things that
we might put in the bags?<br><br>Has anyone had to do this type of thing
for another organization? Any ideas<br>would be
appreciated!<br><br>Thanks! <br><br>Chris<br>Long Island, NY<br>Zone 7a
(Average min temp 50 -
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