PPAI Expo Exhibitors Come Through For Needy Schools

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.

Above: Kids In Need Foundation volunteers collect some of the 22 pallets worth of products donated by exhibitors at The PPAI Expo 2013.

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:

365 Wholesale
Amusemints
Ad Products Bazaar
Brooklyn Products
AmeriForm
California Tattoos
Canon USA
Compass Industries
DK Publishing
Dorcy Special Markets Division
Earthlust
Erkie, Inc.
EXP Group, Ltd.
Fliexec Products
Flambeau, Inc.
Flash Furniture
Formation Brands LLC
Freeman
Games People Play
Good Fortunes
Heartland Candies
Idea Workshop, Inc.
Iris Ltd., Inc.
Keg Products, Inc.
Lithographics
Magna-Tel, Inc.
Mrs. Prindables
My M&M’s
National Banner Co.
National Geographic
OXO
Pacific Western Sales
Royal Crest Promotions
Sagaform
Sanford Business Products
Shop-Vac
Spalding
Spectrum Uniforms
Spirit Hand Line
Storybook Promotions
Tape Printers, Inc.
Tattoo Factory, Inc.
TJ Promotions
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.

One Response to PPAI Expo Exhibitors Come Through For Needy Schools

  1. Very cool! No use in schlepping that stuff back home. I’m really glad to hear that it went to a good cause. A lot of good and charitable work is done by the folks in our industry. Keep it up!

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