Fundraising Tip #8: Fourth of July flags

Written by on June 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

Independence Day will soon be here, and with it, fireworks and barbecues. Lest we forget the meaning of the holiday, the Fourth of July is a time for us to celebrate everything that makes our nation great. Why not do so in a way that promotes civic pride, helps your neighbors, and raises funds for MS?

USA flag

Show these colors to earn some green!

One fundraising idea unique to the upcoming holiday weekend is to offer to plant American flags on friends' and families' lawns. Call, email, or visit them sometime this week and tell them that, in return for a donation to the NMSS, you will place flags in their frontyard before the holiday, and remove them after the event. They'll appreciate the opportunity to fly their colors on this patriotic day without being burdened with the landscaping. The donation can be proportionate to the number of flags, or limited only by their generosity.

The cost to you, other than your time, is minimal. Flags can cost less than a quarter each online or less than two dollars at local department or even craft stores. If you get yours before they sell out, you can plant the flags Friday evening or anytime Saturday and remove them on Monday — or whenever your clients wish, if at all. You can collect the donation either when you plant the flags or when you remove them. (Failure to pay should of course result in a cessation of services!)
It's a win-win all around!

Please remember when handling and disposing of the American flag to observe the rules and regulations of the official flag code.

Have a great and safe Fourth of July!

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

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