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In the spirit of gratitude and charity, philanthropic retailer Products for Good, http://www.productsforgood.com, has partnered with Cleveland Vocational Industries (CVI) to aid our heroes returning home while also serving our community through the employment of disabled workers.

Thank you for doing this for our fallen servicemen and women and their families.

As U.S. forces continue to pull out of Iraq, our country is seeing an influx of men and women in uniform facing their own battles at home. Responding to the increased need for aid, organizations and businesses are joining the fight to ensure that our veterans receive the support they deserve.

In the spirit of gratitude and charity, philanthropic retailer Products for Good has partnered with Cleveland Vocational Industries (CVI) to aid our heroes returning home while also serving our community through the employment of disabled workers.

Products for Good, http://www.productsforgood.com, makes commemorative gifts for members of the armed services, firefighters and law enforcement officers. The customizable gifts honor the sacrifices our heroes make and thank their loved ones at home. Products for Good donates 20 percent of each purchase, before any other business expenses are paid, to charities that support those who have served our country and their families.

“Our mission at Products for Good is to give voice to feelings of appreciation and gratitude,” said Lane Ostrow, co-founder of Products for Good. “Recognition of the issues facing those who have served and the obligation we have to assist them require that businesses like ours partner with others to support those who have protected our freedoms.”

CVI provides employment opportunities to mentally and physically challenged adults primarily living in Cleveland County, N.C. These workers assemble the Products for Good gifts. CVI director Ken Bagby said partnering with Products for Good meets his personal and professional goals of supporting men and women in uniform.

“I have a son and two sons-in-law who are in the Army and have done active tours in Iraq, so I have a soft spot in my heart for anyone who puts their lives on the line for me,” Bagby said. “I feel blessed that, in some small way, my organization and I can help our heroes.”

Already, the Products for Good story of gratitude is being told through its recipients.

“I’m ordering (a product) for my father, a Vietnam War veteran,” said Sammie Smith of Wichita Falls, Texas. “He still suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome … it is the least I can do for one who has served this country and is still suffering from it.”

Sgt. Clay Hahl wrote from Tallil, Iraq that he found Products for Good while on leave.

“I am pleased to say that I have ordered my shadowbox as a keepsake and memory of my time serving this wonderful country we all call home,” Hahr said. “Thank you for doing this for our fallen servicemen and women and their families.”

About Products for Good
Based in Charlotte, N.C., Products for Good is a philanthropic business that sells commemorative gifts honoring our men and women in uniform. The gifts feature liberated Iraqi coins that represent freedom and the sacrifices made to preserve it. Products for Good donates 20 percent of each purchase, before any other business expenses are paid, to charities that support those who have served our country and their families. And in keeping with its mission to make every gift help as many as possible, each shadowbox is assembled at Cleveland Vocational Industries (CVI), a facility that provides work opportunities for mentally and physically challenged individuals. For more information, visit ProductsforGood.com.

About Cleveland Vocational Industries
Cleveland Vocational Industries, Inc. is a private 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation serving adults primarily living in Cleveland County, N.C. CVI has supported and helped hundreds of mentally and physically challenged individuals find meaningful careers for more than 20 years. CVI partners with businesses that want to outsource their production needs. Their philosophy of service is to act as a facilitator for change in the life of someone who has barriers to employment. For more information, visit http://www.cvii.org.

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