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EK Success Brands to Collect 25,000 Holiday Cards for our Troops

The holiday season is a time to reflect on giving, and few give so selflessly to our country as our military men and women. To show appreciation for their efforts, EKSuccess Brands, a leading purveyor of crafts, is teaming up with Operation Christmas Cards to send holiday cards to our troops deployed overseas.

Sadly, for about half of the recipients, this will be the only correspondence they receive over the Christmas season. This statistic became an important incentive for EKSuccess Brands to offer to boost card collection by 25,000 cards through a multi-level approach that includes online instruction, partnerships with retailers, class opportunities, and community and marketing initiatives. The Operation Christmas Cards organization, which sends cards to bases in Afghanistan, Japan, Iraq, Egypt and Germany, has a goal to send 175,000 cards for the 2011 season.

As part of the collection efforts, EKSuccess Brands sponsored a Block Party booth at Chicago’s Wrigley Field during the Cubs vs. Cardinals game last month, and Craft Critique was there to participate. Guests made more than 1400 cards at the booth, which was open Friday Aug. 19th to Sunday Aug. 21st. EKSuccess Brands provided K&Company paper and embellishments and EK Tools pens and adhesive.

“EKSuccess is my favorite vendor at the block party,” said Katie Marta, Chicago Cubs special events/entertainment coordinator. “They always bring something different to get people excited.”

The EKSuccess Brands’ education program, Spotted Canary School™ will also provide participating Spotted Canary School independent retailers with card-making classes featuring K&Company™ and Sticko® brand products.

All of EKSuccess Brands’ four office locations—Chicago, IL; Clifton, NJ; Kansas City, MO; and Reading, PA.—will host office events for employees to take part in the card making, as well as sponsoring a local school in each city with supplies to create and collect cards. Additionally, the company will utilize in-store marketing, email blasts, print and online advertising, blogs, direct mail and social media to bring attention to the cause.

“Here at EKSuccess Brands, we want to honor the dedication and sacrifice that these armed service members make for our country,” says Kevin Fick, president of EKSuccess Brands. “Because of our position in the crafting and card-making industry, Operation Christmas Cards was a natural fit to do so.”

If you wish to participate, please feel free to register for classes both in-store and online at www.spottedcanaryschool.com/classes and send holiday cards with encouraging and supportive messages by November 11th to:

EKSuccess Brands
C/O Operation Christmas Cards
100 Delawanna Ave. Suite 700
Clifton, NJ, 07014.

Please do not seal the envelopes, or put individual postage on them. Anyone wishing to contribute monetarily or for any cards sent after November 11th should coordinate directly through Operation Christmas Cards at www.operationchristmascards.org.

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4 Responses to EK Success Brands to Collect 25,000 Holiday Cards for our Troops

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    aloha37 October 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Oh to have that paint supply and that beautiful crafting area!! WOW!

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    Chris Wooten October 8, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    I do this every year. I also adopt a soldier and buy him a International Prepaid Phone card so he can call home.

    Many airlines will let you donate your frequent flier miles too to the soldiers. So check that out. My husband giveaway all his miles

    Thanks for bringing this to attention.

    mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

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    Luanne October 10, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    This is a great operation for soldiers away from their homes and family during Christmas.

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    Lucy October 11, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    Great idea! I’m going to try to get some stamping friends together to do this.