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The Icebox partners with Bert's Big Adventure to send critically ill children to Disney World

It was an honor and a joy to put our talents to work to help provide some of the items to give these special kids and their families the trip of a lifetime

The Icebox, an Atlanta-based promotional products and corporate apparel supplier, recently partnered with Bert's Big Adventure (http://www.bertsbigadventure.org ) to provide items for the non-profit's annual trip to Disney World for chronically or terminally ill children. The Icebox is well-known for its altruism in the metro Atlanta community through its philanthropic division, Common Threads.

Each year for the past seven years, Atlanta's Q100 morning talk show host, Bert Weiss and his cast, sponsor a trip to Disney World for families with children ages 5-12 in the Q100 listening area (99.7 FM) who have chronic or terminal illnesses. This year's trip was held February 19-23.

"It was an honor and a joy to put our talents to work to help provide some of the items to give these special kids and their families the trip of a lifetime," said Jordy Gamson, CEO and co-founder of The Icebox.

The mission of the annual trip is to provide these families the gift of time together away from hospitals, protocols, schedules, and the daily challenges associated with caring for an ill child. Families chosen to take the trip pay absolutely nothing. All expenses are covered, including airfare, transportation, meals, park admission, lodging, souvenirs, sundries, medical team, and much more. Bert's Big Adventure relies heavily on corporate donations and gifts from sponsors to make the dream a reality for these special kids.

One of the items on the Bert's Big Adventure wish list was travel t-shirts for the kids, the family members and the staff. For the second year in a row, The Icebox came to the rescue to fill the need. The company's creative team worked with the Bert's Big Adventure staff to design and print colorful t-shirts for the entire travel party. In addition, The Icebox went a step further and produced backpacks, sweatshirts and bag tags for each child and arranged to have the entire package drop shipped to each family and staff member before the big travel day arrived. Ping, The Icebox's lovable penguin mascot, even made an appearance at the big send-off broadcast, much to the delight of the children.

Amy Moosbrugger, program director for Bert's Big Adventure, was pleased with the help from The Icebox. "When Bert's Big Adventure began working with The Icebox, we quickly learned that they were so much more than just t-shirts. Their customer service was amazing, and the quality of the products we ordered (Ts, jackets, fleeces, bag tags and backpacks) was great," says Moosbrugger. "They went above and beyond any expectations we had - from shipping each staff member and family their items along with a personal note, to the arrival of PING at our Send-Off broadcast and party. All of our needs were met 100% and then some. We will definitely use The Icebox again for future Bert's Big Adventure trips and events."

For The Icebox, contributing to Bert's Big Adventure was simply an everyday outreach in keeping with the company's philanthropic initiatives. Giving back to the community is at the core of the philosophy and mission of the supplier of branded apparel and promotional products. Through Common Threads, The Icebox is able to regularly reach out to those in need by supplying free or low-cost items for fundraisers, making donations to charitable organizations, donating supplies to US troops, providing clothing and supplies for schoolchildren in Iraq, and much more.

Upcoming initiatives include Earth Day activities, the Inman Park Festival and ongoing support of The Atlanta Food Bank's Hunger Walk, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Arthritis Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Carter Center, Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, The High Museum, Trees Atlanta, and Habitat for Humanity.

About The Icebox:
The Icebox is a full-service, one-stop shop for branded apparel and promotional products. Their capabilities include creative services, garment sourcing, garment and product decoration, and fulfillment programs. In addition to its unique line of promotional products and clothing, The Icebox also offers a line of eco-friendly apparel for environmentally conscious clients. For more information, visit http://www.iceboxonline.com .

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