PicPads Encourages Online Shoppers To Buy With Charity In Mind

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PicPads offers online shoppers gift ideas that puts their money to work during these difficult economic times. Since it's launch in 2005, PicPads has donated two percent of net sales to Heifer International in an effort to feed the hungry while building a successful, sustainable business. Bring joy to those on your list and those in need this holiday season with PicPads.

Ideally I hope to donate 50% of the net sales to feed the hungry.

PicPads, the personalized photo notepads that artistically capture people, places, pets and experiences, is on a mission to feed the hungry this holiday season.

"This year is especially tough," explained PicPads creator, Laura Y. Eiman. "Everyone is concerned about paying for the day-to-day necessities - never mind holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. I hope people turn to gift ideas like PicPads. They are useful, easy on the budget and a portion of each sale goes to those who need it most."

Shopping for Charity Year Round:
PicPads grew from a kitchen table hobby into a formal business in November 2005. From her first online gift order, Eiman has donated two percent of net sales to Heifer International. Heifer International, a non-profit organization founded in 1944, is committed to combating world hunger through holistic global initiatives designed to build sustainable communities. The PicPads product line has grown over the years to include notepads, shopping list pads, premade FunPads, KidPad writing tablets and gift certificates. However, the company's mission has remained the same.

"I am grateful to all my customers. Their enthusiasm for PicPads has empowered me to build a successful, sustainable business that gives back," explained Eiman.

Holiday Gift Ideas That Put Your Money to Work:
PicPads photo notepads make versatile gifts that can be used as personalized stationery, a phone memo pad or folded over to create customized note cards. Pair the custom note cards with a set of envelopes and wrap up a unique desk set for the hard worker on your list.

PicPads shopping list pads incorporate a color or black and white picture with an inscription to make a great gift for busy friends and family. Sometimes it's too hard to choose just one picture though. PicPadsPlus combine two photos into a single notepad design.

KidPads feature a favorite photo and triple lines perfect for forming letters and words. The custom pads were developed to make even the act of writing practice something special. The top quality paper and personalized design make a holiday thank you note written on a KidPad sheet a real treat for grandparents and other relatives.

For last minute shoppers, FunPads make whimsical stocking stuffers and are available for immediate shipment. Gift certificates are also available.

Purchase of any of these PicPads product will result in a charitable donation of two percent of the net sale to Heifer International. But, Ms. Eiman hasn't stopping her charitable efforts there. The entire PicPads product line is also available at special rates for schools and organizations that want to use them as fundraisers.

"My goal is to have a set of PicPads on every kitchen counter in America by August 2010, and become the next Project Red," Eiman concludes. "Ideally I hope to donate 50% of the net sales to feed the hungry."

About PicPads:
PicPads was founded on Thanksgiving Day in 2005 by Laura Y. Eiman, an artist and designer when Eiman was searching in vain for a way to make a top quality, personalized gift for a childhood friend who had everything. When she couldn't find the kind of quality product she wanted, she put her artistic talents to work and created a special, hand-made, one-of-a-kind photo note pad for her friend. She selected a nostalgic photo of them both, and artistically cut away the background in a computer design program, so the photo would pop out against the top grade white paper she chose. She added a sentimental inscription, and had four pads printed. She gave it to her hard-to-shop-for friend and the response far exceeded Eiman's expectations. This gift was the catalyst for the PicPads business and it has been growing fast ever since. Part of Eiman's vision is to use the sales of PicPads to help feed the hungry. From her first PicPad sale, Eiman has donated two percent of net sales to Heifer International, a non-profit organization founded in 1944 which is committed to combating world hunger. For more information about any product in the PicPads family of photo notepads, visit PicPads.com or call 1.888.PICPADS.

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