Clifton, NJ (PRWEB) September 13, 2012
When the 300,000+ holiday cards arrived from Operation Christmas Cards last December to U.S. and Canadian soldiers deployed overseas, they were the only correspondence about half of them received for the entire season. The soldiers, deployed in Afganistan, Iraq, Egypt, Japan and Germany, all received a card that included notes of gratitude, encouragement and support.
The card-sharing program was set up by Operation Christmas Cards, a nonprofit program of the New England Dream Center in Worcester, Mass. The group is partnering for it’s second year with EKSuccess Brands, a creative consumer products company that, along with its retail partners, contributed more than of the third of the cards that were delivered. This year, Operation Christmas Cards has expanded its outreach to include returning and wounded soldiers, in addition to those still deployed overseas.
As part of the 2012 efforts, EKSuccess is partnering again with key retail stores such as Michaels and A.C. Moore to host collection drives nationwide, as well as delivering an online course featuring all of its paper craft brands through its Spotted Canary education program, http://www.spottedcanary.com/School/Online-Classes.htm. Operation Christmas Card T-shirts will also be available to purchase at http://www.spottedcanary.com/occ, with all profits going to support Operation Christmas Cards.
In addition, EKSuccess Brands’ office locations in Illinois, New Jersey, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Texas 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.
If you wish to participate, please feel free to register for classes both in-store and online at http://www.spottedcanary.com/occ and send holiday cards by Nov. 9th to EKSuccess Brands, C/O Operation Christmas Cards, 100 Delawanna Ave. Suite 700, Clifton, NJ, 07014. Please only send cards with handwritten encouraging messages and do not seal the envelopes or put individual postage on them. Anyone wishing to contribute monetarily or send cards after Nov. 9th, should coordinate directly through Operation Christmas Cards at http://www.operationchristmascard.org.
Spotted Canary has more than 36,000 members, with almost 80,000 unique users each month on its site, SpottedCanary.com. For more information, images or project ideas, please contact Misty Huber at mhuber (at) eksuccess (dot) com. Spotted Canary is sponsored by EKSuccess Brands, allowing for an ad-free site.
About Operation Christmas Cards
Operation Christmas Cards began in September 2009 at Liberty church in Shrewsbury, Mass. Its mission is to “love our troops one card at a time,” ensuring that service members know they are appreciated, supported and loved by the people they are sacrificing their lives to fight for.
About EKSuccess Brands
Established in 1978, EKSuccess Brands is one of the country’s leading creative consumer products companies. Its diversified portfolio includes more than 10,000 inspirational and creative products covering paper crafting, needle crafting, stamping, jewelry making, kids’ crafts, painting and more. Popular brands include K&Company™, Inkadinkado®, Dimensions®, Jolee’s Boutique®, Sticko®, Perler®, Martha Stewart Crafts™ and American Girl Crafts®. EKSuccess Brands is a division of Wilton Brands Inc. For more details visit http://www.eksuccessbrands.com. Dream. Make. Celebrate™.