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Charles River Apparel Donates Via “Relay to Relief” for Houston

Charles River Apparel Logo

SHARON, Ma. (September 7, 2017) –Local Sharon, MA business Charles River Apparel will be lending a hand in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort by hitting the road for the “Relay to Relief”.

Yesterday afternoon, employees at Charles River Apparel loaded up the Charles River Apparel van to the brim with apparel donations and Walmart gift cards. Co-owners Deb and Barry Lipsett then lead the charge by driving the first leg of the trip, with several Charles River Apparel sales representatives stepping up to drive different legs of the trip. The official journey began yesterday evening on Tuesday, September 5th with Barry and Deb Lipsett departing from Sharon, MA with a final arrival date in Houston, TX on Saturday, September 9th.

Additionally, The Advertising Speciality Institue® (ASI) Promotional Products Organization is graciously partnering with Deb and Barry to match their $10,000 donation to the Houston Food Bank with their own $10,000 donation. A combined $20,000 will be donated in total to the Houston Food Bank to help those in need.

Charles River Apparel will cap off the trip by donating 240 doggie rain jackets and the van used for the trip to a Texas animal rescue shelter for their use in the transportation of animals and other efforts.

“It wasn’t a question of if we should help,” says Deb Lipsett, Director of Charles River Cares. “It was a question of how we could best help and how quickly we could make it happen.” Lipsett continues, “charitable giving is such an important part of our culture. Employees were jumping at the chance to be a part of giving back to the Houston community”.

Charles River Apparel is a leading manufacturer of innovative active wear for a variety of markets. Since its inception more than a quarter of a century ago, New England‐based Charles River Apparel has been recognized for the quality, style, performance and value of its apparel, and the high level of its customer service. Low minimums, decorating (screen print or embroidery) capabilities and same day shipping make Charles River Apparel a one-stop shop for superior quality apparel. Charles River Apparel sells through more than 13,000 distributors and stores nationwide. Charles River Apparel is a Top 40 ASI Supplier for the second year in a row. For more information, visit

Hirsch Gift Resumes Normal Business Operations


Houston, TX – Hirsch Gift is back in production days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast.  Hirsch Gift’s offices suffered minimal damage during the storm and our team is available to process and ship orders as usual.

Hirsch Gift’s President, Peter Hirsch said, “We appreciate the many messages of support and donations we have received and remain Houston Strong in our Harvey Relief efforts. Volunteers from HPPA have been assisting our relief efforts by helping us organize and distribute donations to shelters around the Houston area, as we resume normal business operations.”


Maria LaFinchi Joins MAC Specialties


MAC Specialties, Inc. is pleased to announce that effective September 5, 2017, Maria D. LaFichi will be joining our company as Vice President of Sales. Maria brings over 40 years of industry experience to our company, most recently as Executive Vice President for Zenith Promotions, a position she held for 20 years.

In addition to sales, Maria will assist in new product research and development as well as marketing, catalog and web development. We are excited to have her on board and encourage you to contact Maria via email: to help welcome her to her new position! She is looking forward to hearing from the too-numerous-to-mention industry relationships that she has developed over the years, and is eager to assist you with our fabulous line of products!


Mark Cohen, President
MAC Specialties, Ltd.

Pepco Poms Collecting School Supplies in Houston

Pepco Poms

Jeanna Abercrombie of Pepco Poms of Houston – whose facility so far is fine – is spearheading a drive to collect school supplies and children’s clothing to help families and employees in two near-by small towns hard hit by the flooding, to make sure they have what they need when children do return to school. “I know Red Cross and FEMA will help,” said Jeanna. “This is just the next level of help to aid in the stress of parents and teachers who have also been affected. I just don’t want these small towns to be forgotten. There’s got to be more sunshine and hope.”

Jeanna is collecting the specific items below:

  • Walmart gift cards (so families can shop for themselves)
  • Backpacks
  • School supplies like notebooks, crayons etc.
  • Kids shoes, T-shirts, shorts, socks and underwear, preferably new

Mark the boxes with whatever is inside and ship to:
Jeanna Abercrombie
School Relief Efforts
Pepco Promotional Products
9611 Highway 60 South
Lane City, Texas 77453

If you have questions, email Jeanna at

KTI Donations

KTI Promo

Dealing with the Hurricane Harvey aftermath on a personal basis, KTI Promo knew there was something we needed to do to help out. Outside of many of our employees volunteering to help rebuild the city, there was more that needed to be done. To make sure people can stay in touch with their families, KTI Promo being the Tech Promo Company we are, gathered as many power banks as possible & donated them to various shelters in the Harris & Fort Bend County areas. This will hopefully help keep quite a few phones & tablets charged. As a company, we will continue to help in this relief effort & hopes that many others do as well to help the Gulf Coast of Texas rebuild after such a devastating storm.

KTI Promo is currently coordinating Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts with Star of Hope & Second Baptist Church of Houston. If you would like to send any needed items we will gladly accept all donations & deliver them on your behalf. Please reach out to Joshua Pospisil ( for donation information.

Items/Supplies Needed:

  • Baby Supplies
  • Non-Perishable Foods
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Toiletries
  • Cleaning Products



Update To Harvey Relief

Hirsch Logo
Hirsch Gift continues to receive a tremendous outpouring of support for our area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Thank you to everyone that has already contributed and to all of our volunteers for helping us to organize and distribute items.

We are updating our requested items list to reflect the items that area shelters are requesting and the items most needed:


  • Trash Bags
  • Respirator Masks
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Work Gloves (for handling heavy duty materials)
  • Sponges
  • Liquid Houshold Cleaners (especially Mold Control and other mold and mildew stain removers)
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Air Freshener
  • 5-Gallon Buckets
  • Brooms and Mops


  • Student Backpacks
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Preschool Games


  • Bandages and Band-aids
  • Neosporin
  • OTC Pain Medicine: Tylenol / Aleve / Advil


  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes / Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Shaving Cream and Razors for men and women
  • NEW Undergarments


  • Baby Bottles and Extra Nipples
  • Baby Wipes
  • MISC
  • Ziploc Bags

Please no more clothing donations. Shelters are currently turning away clothing donations, with the only exception being undergarments.

When shipping these items to Hirsch Gift. please clearly label the box “Harvey Relief and include 2 packing list of the items – 1 taped to the box and another inside the box.

We are asking that donations be received by Friday, September 8th.

In lieu of physical donations, you may make a donation directly to:
American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey Relief at:
AmeriCares at:
Houston Food Bank at:

We continue to be amazed by the tremendous outpouring of support from this industry. Thank you.

Hirsch Gift Receiving Donations for Harvey Relief

Hirsch Gift has received a tremendous response and offers of donations from so many of you. We are working with local community leaders and responding as fast as we can to your inquiries for this continually evolving natural disaster.

At this time, we’re updating our donation list to include priority essential items that are needed, as well as important shipping information:

  • Cleaning Products
  • Adult Diapers
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Pocket Hand Sanitizers
  • OTC Medications, such as Tylenol / NyQuil / DayQuil
  • Baby Items, especially Diapers and Baby Wipes
  • Pillows and Pillowcases
  • Nonperishable Food Items – Preferred with Pull Top Lids
  • Zip Loc Bags
  • Factory Sealed Water Bottles
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • School Backpacks
  • Pet Supplies, including Large Kennels, Pillows, Towels, and Food for Large and Small Breed Dogs / Cats

Please note due to the huge nationwide response to Harvey Relief, the majority of shelters in our area no longer require clothing donations. We will accept clothing that is already shipped and is scheduled to be ship by tomorrow, but we want to stress that the items we have listed remain the top priority for the shelters in the Greater Houston and Texas Gulf Coast region.

When shipping these items to Hirsch Gift. please clearly label the box “Harvey Relief and include 2 packing list of the items – 1 taped to the box and another inside the box. For the limited clothing items we anticipate to be shipped now, include whether the items are for men, women, and/or children and the sizes in the box.

We are asking that donations be received by Friday, September 8th.

In lieu of physical donations, you may make a donation directly to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey Relief at: ; Americares at: ; or the Houston Food Bank at…/harvey-disaster-relief/

Any additional questions can be directed to

Thank you for the outpouring of support we have come to know and love from this industry.

World Emblem makes Top 50 Supplier List

World Emblem logo


World Emblem makes Top 50 Supplier list. The list ranks industry suppliers based on their last full year of sales numbers, crowning the promotional products heavyweights at the top of the industry. This is the 11th consecutive year, Promo Marketing is presenting the Supplier Excellence Awards, this is done annually and it gives distributors the chance to vote for their favorite suppliers in more than 40 product and apparel categories. Promo Marketing gathered a panel of some of the most successful, power-selling distributors in the industry to narrow down the list of the of the semifinalist to finalist. Then, they put the task to the crowd to pick their favorite supplier in each category. Thousands of voters participated in their online poll and made their choices.

World Emblem ranked number 37 in this list among the greatest leaders in the industry such as Alpha Broder and Polyconcept North America. “Being recognized as a winner in the Supplier Excellence Awards category is a great accomplishment for World Emblem. Our team has worked extremely hard at every level and department this year to provide the upmost satisfaction to our customers. We plan on working harder every year to reach the number one spot.” CEO Randy Carr stated.

About World Emblem
World Emblem is one of the world’s foremost designers and manufacturers of both industrial and domestic wash, custom embroidered, screen-printed and sublimated emblems. In addition, World Emblem is also a leading manufacturer of custom transfers, direct screen printing, direct embroidery, FlexStyle, reflective emblems and much more. True to its name, World Emblem is a global leader in the identification market, with 7 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Superior’s New Las Vegas Location Is Now Open for Business!

Pro Towels Family

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (August 30, 2017) – The Pro Towels family is excited to announce that the new Las Vegas, Nevada location is now open and fully ready for production.

The Pro Towels family was able to expand their production due to the remarkable growth of the company and were able to accomplish the move, while continuing to take orders with such a strong employee family. They have added new equipment, additional capacity and increased warehouse space at their Las Vegas facility. The move will also allow them to ship faster than ever before. They are still a quick 1-2 days transit to all of California and with their 2 US production facilities, 3 days or less anywhere else in the US! The new location will also allow them to be closer to their wholesale partners.

Brian Porter, the Vice President of Sales expresses, “This is a move that we’ve been working towards for years, and to see us finally have the ability to expand our facility, better serve our clients, and room to grow, as we have, is a great place to be. As with all moves, this also had its share of bumps, but with our strong distributor partners, and our amazing internal operations team, we are exactly where we want to be!”

If you’re in the Las Vegas area, feel free to contact us for a facility tour located at 4588 E Craig Road, Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89115. Our email addresses, toll-free number and fax number have remained the same. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

For more information about Pro Towels, please visit

About Pro Towels
Pro Towels is the largest towel supplier to the promotional product industry with locations on both the east and west coast. The company offers in-house screen printing and embroidery services to support a broad product line of beach, golf, and sport towels. Additionally, Pro Towels carries bathrobes and other beach accessories to complement its towel line. The Pro Towels family of companies also includes Kanata Blanket Company, a leader in premium blankets, décor and lifestyle products, and Superior, a leader in contract decorating for the promotional products industry for over 30 years. Most recently, the Pro Towels family acquired Neet Feet, a supplier of quality custom logo flip flops and premium footwear.


Bullet Donates Products To Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey


MIAMI — August 31, 2017 — Bullet, a leading supplier of budget-friendly promotional products, announced that it is donating a shipment of products to those affected by the flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The donation is part of an effort led by Jason Lucash, CEO/co-founder of promotional products supplier Origaudio, to encourage industry suppliers to send power banks to the storm-ravaged areas so phones could be charged amid the power outages.

“It’s important for us to participate in these efforts,” said Steve Gelernter, National Sales Manager with PCNA. “Hopefully these products can help those affected by this disaster. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all in Texas.”

Bullet’s donation includes:

  • 1,500 power banks
  • 1,500 charging cables
  • 1,500 large tote bags

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About Bullet
Bullet is a leading supplier of low-price promotional products, offering deep inventory, reliable service and 24-hour turnaround. Bullet’s wide-ranging selection includes everything from popular products like pens and drinkware to bags and mobile tech, as well as a full line of American-made products. Recognized as the industry’s low-price leader, Bullet also demonstrates a firm commitment to quality. In 2010, Bullet attained membership in the Quality Certification Alliance, a group that promotes quality, safety and integrity among suppliers. With headquarters in Miami, Bullet has delivered high quality at low prices for more than 30 years.