Asking for donations .....

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Wishing well with no plants...

I am horrible at asking for donations. Period. I am so terrible that when our daughters were in school and I was tasked with requesting donations; I would buy the items myself rather than calling people.

We agonized on the best way to ask for flower donations: we decided to write a letter outlining who we are, what we want to achieve and the donations requested. On the back of the letter we did a drawing that showed the flowerbeds, number and size of plants, and the website so people can refer to it. It was our hope that people would see we do have a "plan" so their donations would not be wasted. We printed the letters front and back and put them into envelopes.

We drove into town and delivered them to 14 local stores and nurseries. Some places were closed so we left the envelopes at their doors.

Wishing well... weed and seed inhibitor was sprayed on the soil so we had to remove the first 3 inches.
The managers were not available at the stores that were open. We are hoping for telephone calls tomorrow with donations. (update: Kathy @ Sherwood called and gave me some great advice on the rock garden, offered her huge wheelbarrel and offered some flowers.... I'm so happy!!! ..... waiting for other calls ..... or I'll have to make the dreaded solicitation calls...... ) Rite Aid called also.... they said to come by and I can pick out $25.00 of whatever I need.... Hooray! Nilson's Feed left a message on my Cell phone ..... they actually had flowers brought in from their ferndale store... Also, Piersons called with a generous donation.... Huge smiles here!!!

The ongoing expense of fertilizer is of concern. We are going to post a request on Craigs list to see if we can get a response. We actually got some free bluebells on Craigs list from a lady named Ruth, for this project. Small world: it comes out her aunt, Luva Wendt, donated the dahlias to the park and she knew quite a bit about them. She e-mailed us later to explain the care of dahlias. Apparently they need to be dug up periodically and separated then replanted. We hope to do this after the flower beds are planted. First we'll do what we committed to do.... then we'll branch out....

TravellingAuntie says:
i agree with you that it's hard to ask for donations - but it takes a village and if they don't know about it... great you got out of your comfort zone for the greater good. (don't know if i could have!)
Posted on: Apr 07, 2010
Sweetski says:
Quote [...then we'll branch out...] Great word play! :D

Good job on the letters, smart thinking.
Posted on: Apr 07, 2010
sylviandavid says:
Thanks Chris.... we just took it day by day....I think it was easier for us not being gardeners so we weren't intimidated by the work...
Posted on: Apr 06, 2010
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