Forty-four exhibitors at The PPAI Expo 2013 helped low-income schools in the Las Vegas area by donating their extra samples to the Kids In Need Foundation after the show. A total of 22 pallets with an estimated retail value of $35,265 were collected this year.
The Kids In Need Foundation supports a national network of 29 resource centers that benefit needy schoolchildren by allowing teachers from low-income schools to “shop” for school supplies free of charge. PPAI has been supporting the organization since 2007.
Local staff and volunteers worked for several hours after the show closed to collect all the donated products, which included a variety of items such as candy, mints, umbrellas, stress toys, flashlights, lanyards, mugs, glassware, calendars and books.
“With the continued generosity of participating exhibitors from this year’s PPAI Expo, the Kids In Need Foundation collected products that will be distributed to the neediest of children in Las Vegas,” says Leslie Walton, manager of gift-in-kind for Kids In Need Foundation, “and we could only do so because of your willingness to share your product donations with us. We believe there is nothing more admirable, and we thank you.”
PPAI recognizes and thanks the following exhibitors for donating products at The PPAI Expo 2013:
Ad Products Bazaar
Dorcy Special Markets Division
EXP Group, Ltd.
Formation Brands LLC
Games People Play
Idea Workshop, Inc.
Iris Ltd., Inc.
Keg Products, Inc.
National Banner Co.
Pacific Western Sales
Royal Crest Promotions
Sanford Business Products
Spirit Hand Line
Tape Printers, Inc.
Tattoo Factory, Inc.
Top Brands, Inc.
PPAI also thanks supplier Bodek and Rhodes, which donated t-shirts worn on-site by staff and volunteers, and distributor Blue Star Graphics, which screenprinted the t-shirts with the Kids In Need logo.
This week more product harvesting is taking place at the SAGE Show at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Staff and volunteers from the Kids In Need Foundation will be collecting sample products and leftover items when the show closes on Thursday. If you are attending or exhibiting at the show, look for their table just inside the show floor entrance.
Products and monetary donations are accepted by Kids In Need throughout the year. If you clean out sample closets, showrooms or factories this spring, consider donating those items to the charity. Find donation forms and more information at www.kinf.org.