If we have comforted someone, we have done our part.

25 Jul

Yea! A Monday post! Those are few and far between!

I really feel like I’m beginning to beat a dead horse. When this grant competition is over, I promise to not ask for any more votes for quite some time. Unless there is more money involved. Because money is important in helping this mission succeed. Money is really by biggest stumbling block. And I wish it weren’t, but for the time being it is. Each blanket sold on Blanket Statements generates a bit of profit. That profit is turned right around and used to buy supplies for the business. So far, that has consisted of a few types of ribbons, card stock, adhesive, bags, tissue paper, a rubber stamp, and our advertising materials – business cards, postcards, flyers, press kits. Pretty much everything found on our Resource page.

I am thrilled with the supplies we are using thus far – all recycled, or organic in nature. I’ve done a lot of research and plain old physical searching for the materials we’ve used. I was also able to tap into a lot of supplies I had from Happy Jack. But the initial outlay for the rest of the materials came as what little surplus I had from my day job paycheck, and the profits from initial blanket sales. We’ve been blessed so far.

What I haven’t put any money into yet, is advertising. I wanted to exhaust as many free avenues as I could to gain followers. Social media like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Pinterest, Flickr, handing out business cards, sending out press releases, PR kits, hanging flyers in restaurants, word of mouth. All of that has worked wonderfully, but money is needed for things like Google Ads, Twitter Ads, magazine and newspaper ads.

Money is also needed to switch over from our initial inventory stock to the blankets I really want to offer. High quality made in the USA products. I’ve highlighted two companies already in the blog, and am hopeful that in the near future we will be able to open accounts with those companies and be able to supply a steady stream of higher quality blankets that will help stimulate the US economy. That was a big piece to the Blanket Statements mission. Helping people in need, and workers in the US are also people in need.

So in a nutshell, today’s post is a round about way to ask for your vote. There is less than a week left in the competition for us. Our initial part is over July 31st. Whether we advance to the next step or not, we’ve come a long way. It has been an amazing 7 months in business helping people. I am sure there are women out there who are the beneficiaries of your generosity. If we have comforted someone, we have done our part.

Share warmth – share comfort – share love.

Vote for us through July 31st, 2011. Get a blanket, give a blanket – help a woman in need.

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