There are only a few companies that I have on my wish list to work with. I can count on one hand, with fingers left over, which ones are my dream companies to develop a relationship with. One of these companies is The Coleman Company, Inc. I would love to review their new products for my blog. I am a second generation Coleman customer. My parents would take me and my sister camping, and they would bring several key pieces of camping equipment that were manufactured by Coleman.
One of my favorite memories of camping involves several of their products. My parents would pack the eggs in a little Coleman egg holder, and cook them on a Coleman stove. We would get up early, and the Coleman lantern would be giving the extra light needed in the early morning. I’d sit, bundled up in a blanket, and watch my parents cooking eggs and bacon on the Coleman stove.
Now, I’m grown up and have two kids of my own. My parents handed down to my family what was left of their camping equipment. It wasn’t much, and the majority of them were Coleman products. The lantern and egg holder only lasted one camping trip for my family. We replaced them both with the new Coleman lantern and egg holder. The stove lasted a couple camping trips. It was so sad when it stopped working, and was beyond repair. The most important thing that I have to say about these products is that they lasted a long time. They were almost 30 years old when they needed to be replaced.
I haven’t replaced the stove, yet. My husband and I were at a camping/outdoor store last weekend, and we were looking at some camping stoves. I saw one that was a stove and an oven. I almost drooled over it. But, it wasn’t for us. Why? Besides the fact that we don’t have the money to buy one right now, it wasn’t a Coleman. My husband looked at it and said to me, “It’s not a Coleman.” That was the end of that discussion. Our next stove has to be a Coleman. When out camping, it’s important to have dependable, long lasting camping equipment. As far as I am concerned, Coleman provides both.
Last week, The Coleman Company, Inc contacted me about a new, limited-edition LED High Power Lantern that is currently available for purchase. It is only available to purchase online, www.coleman.com, for the months of March and April. The cost is $29.99. The Coleman Company, Inc has partnered with Autism Speaks to raise funds and awareness. $5 of each purchase will be donated to Autism Speaks.
“Coleman is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Autism Speaks and support such a worthy cause,” said David Allen, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Americas for Coleman. “In honor of National Autism Day, Coleman will launch a special-edition lantern. Five dollars of the proceeds from each lantern sold will go directly to Autism Speaks to help fund research into causes, prevention, treatments and a cure.”
The special-edition lantern features a blue exterior color and a blue illumination setting, in reference to the annual Light it Up Blue event hosted by Autism Speaks.
“We are excited to partner with Coleman and appreciate its efforts to help raise funds and awareness of autism,” said Alec Elbert, chief strategy and development officer, Autism Speaks. “Thanks to Coleman’s support, we can encourage everyone, whether they are touched by autism or not, to help make a difference in the lives of our neighbors by purchasing a blue special-edition Coleman lantern. This lantern will illuminate the issue of autism well beyond April and Autism Awareness Month.”
This special-edition lantern is powered by a Cree LED and outputs 200 lumens of light on its high setting. It retails for $29.99 and is sold exclusively through Coleman.com. The lantern will be on sale throughout the months of March and April in preparation for and recognition of Autism Awareness Month.
I was asked if I would write a post about this special lantern. Without hesitating, I said “yes.” The only thing I asked in return for writing about this lantern was if they would consider doing a giveaway on my blog. I’m not getting any form of compensation for doing this giveaway. The giveaway will be for one blue special-edition Coleman lantern. This giveaway begins today and ends April 4, 2012. The winner will be posted on April 5, 2013, using Rafflecopter. This giveaway is open to the US only, and you must be 18 or older to enter. I will email the winner on April 5, 2013, and the winner will have 48 hours to reply. If I do not receive a reply within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner.
UPDATE 3/22 - Guess what my husband bought without telling me? Yes. It arrived today. It’s even prettier than the picture. I’m going to love taking my blue Coleman lantern camping next month.
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