I Love This Promotional Product

I attended the Advertising Specialty Institute’s trade show in Orlando, FL this month. We saw lots of products, in fact, we brought back 135 lbs. of promotional product samples. This one, however, really caught my eye. After you apply sunscreen, you simply apply this sticker and when it is time to reapply sunscreen the sticker turns colors to let you know.

This would be a great product for dermatologist, pediatricians, swimming pools and resorts.

Suzanne McCarter is always available to help you with promotional product needs. 865 584-2265 or suzanne@burnsmp.com.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries

I had a nice visit with several staff members of KARM. I have been doing business with KARM since 1990. In fact, they were my first non-profit customer and I have had hundreds since then. When I started working for them, it was Union Rescue Ministries and was later changed to KARM.

I had a meeting with them to introduce them to our promotional products because they know that we offer graphic design, printing and direct mail. Suzanne McCarter, our sales representative, for promotional products went with me. She had not been to KARM so they gave us a tour to show Suzanne all the services that they offer. Things have changed since I was on the board of directors many years ago. I was so impressed with the Berea program that they have. It is a program to teach skills so that the participants can get a job. They live in a dorm, wear school shirts and have a common area for relaxing. This is truly a hand up and not a hand out. Not only does it benefit the student but benefits the community by having skilled workers to employ.

I so admire the non-profit agencies because they make such a difference in the lives of those who cannot help themselves. KARM has been doing this for 60 years. Congratulations on a job well done.

Promotional Products Are Not Just Pens, Keychains and Mugs, We Have Lots Of Ideas.

Phyllis Burns at ASI trade show in Orlando, FL

We like to be silly sometimes but we are serious about getting the right fit for promotional products for our customers. We have 800,000 products a available on our website http://www.burnsmp.com, but that can be a lot to look through. You don’t have to do all the research, we will do that for you. Suzanne McCarter, our sales representative will meet with you and help you find that perfect product to promote your business. Just give her a call or email her at suzanne@burnsmp.com.

2019 In Lisbon Portugal

This time last year, I was in Lisbon Portugal with my family. My daughter, Joy Day is our fabulous trip planner. She had researched the traditions for New Year in Portugal. One is that they eat 12 raisins at Midnight for good luck for the 12 months of the coming year. As we were out on the streets, banks and other businesses were giving out a little packet with 12 raisins in them. Some say to throw money inside the house for prosperity and also to eat chocolate to attract riches. Having new underwear on at midnight is another tradition and the color of the underwear indicates what will happen in the coming year; blue – good luck, red – success in love, white – Peace, green – good health, yellow – financial help. Before we left and unknown to all of us, Joy purchased tie died underwear for all of us to wear on New Year’s Eve. She said that she wanted to cover all the bases.

From all of us at Burns Mailing & Printing, we wish you a Happy and prosperous New Year.

A Rough Month

On November 16th, my daughter, Kathy Burns Stillman passed away. It was sudden and came as a great shock to me and my family. The support from my daughter Joy and my grandson, Sam helped get through the first week. My grandson Sam gave the eulogy. How he spoke so eloquently and honestly about his mother without breaking down, is still amazing to me. We have had so much kindness, concern, prayers and food provided to us that words cannot express how grateful I am.

Sam and I went to Brentwood, TN to have Thanksgiving with Joy and her family. It was good for all of us to be together. Unfortunately, my 12 year old granddaughter was sick during Thanksgiving but recovered quickly. She did share her virus with me and I have been sick for over two weeks. I came back to work on Monday and am glad to be back in the swing of things at Burns Mailing & Printing.

Thank you to all who were so kind to me and my family in this very difficult time. I am praying for some of my friends and family who have also suffered loss. I am reminded that for some, Christmas will never be the same again. My faith will see me through this rough time.

New Logo For Burns Mailing & Printing

This is our new logo. We re-designed it t reflect our newest product, promotional products.

Now we truly have 4 great reasons for you to use Burns. Our promotional products business has taken off. Suzanne McCarter will help find the perfect promotional item for your business or non-profit event. Call her today at 865 584-2265 or email her at suzanne@burnsmp.com.

National Philanthropy Day 2019

Amy, our Mailing Manager and Angela, our Art Director at National Philanthropy Day.
Phyllis Burns and her sister, Joyce Haynes at National Philanthropy Day 2019.

Burns Mailing & Printing has been a sponsor of National Philanthropy Day since 2000. Philanthropy Day is presented by the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. What a great way to honor all those in our community that give so much to others.

The Legacy award for outstanding philanthropic leadership was presented to Mike McClamroch, President & CEO of East Tennessee Foundation. The Fundraising Professional of the Year went to Bill May, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. The Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist went to Blount Memorial Hospital. The Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation went to Holston Conference Foundation. The Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser went to Joel W. Connell. Finally the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy went to Kappa Delta Sorority, and Alpha Epsilon Sorority.

Promotional Products and Non-Profit Organizations

Suzanne McCarter, our sales representative for promotional products

Non-profit organizations are the 5th largest buyers of promotional products in the U.S. If you are looking for promotional items for your event or just to give your clients or customers, call Suzanne McCarter at 865 584-2265 or email her at suzanne@burnsmp.com. She has great ideas for your next event.

Where Did The Years Go?

Sam with his guitar.

Tomorrow my grandson, Sam turns 22 and it seems like only yesterday that he was a toddler wanting me to push him on the swing. He graduated college last May and is going on to graduate school next fall. We celebrated his birthday a little early last Sunday and I made him one of his favorite cakes, chocolate chip pound cake. He loves everything chocolate. I mistakenly put one cup of chocolate chips in the cake where it should have been 1/2 cup. He asked me to please make that mistake again because he liked more chocolate chips in the cake.