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psCARES: Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk

psCARES: Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk

PromoShop is proud to support their employees in the causes that are meaningful to them.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk was November 16, 17 & 18 in San Diego. As a 3 year breast cancer survivor, this is a cause near and dear to PromoShop employee, Kim Bakalyar. The money raised from the walk goes to research that helps to save lives and locally to provide mammograms to those that can't afford it. There is one case of breast cancer diagnosed every 2 minutes in the US; it is important that we find a cure.

Kim says; “I'm lucky to work for a caring company that provides great insurance. Having walked it the past 2 years, I chose to work on the crew this year supporting the walkers. It was so rewarding and just as emotional for me as walking, but my feet actually have shoes on them right now" Kim’s team, “Bust A Cure” had 3 walkers and 5 crew members.  

#psCARES: PromoShop Season of Service

#psCARES: PromoShop Season of Service

As we look forward to this holiday season and reflect on ways to give thanks, PromoShop launches into our annual Season of Service. This year, we’re fostering a new partnership with Meals On Wheels and continuing our work with the Richstone Family Center.

The season kicked off 10/17 as our PromoShop LA office delivered its first round of meals to those in need in the Culver City area. PromoShop has adopted a route with the Culver PalmsMeals on Wheels program, where once a week, two or three employees work together to deliver meals.

PromoShop Employees headed out to drive the Meals on Wheels route.

PromoShop Employees headed out to drive the Meals on Wheels route.

With Thanksgiving and the holidays fast approaching, PromoShop wanted to take time to celebrate our office community, while also taking the opportunity to give thanks. Last week, At our First Annual Friendsgiving Luncheon, team members helped assemble Get Well Kits which were donated to the Meals On Wheels program. Included in the kits were lip balm, lotion, soap, hand sanitizer, tissues and a pair of socks.

Our continued work with Richstone Family Center’s Adopt-a-Family Program during the holidays is a bright and shiny opportunity for us all to give from our hearts. Each holiday season for the last few years we’ve worked together to help a struggling family with a traditional Thanksgiving meal and a happy Holiday by hosting a food and present drive. This year we are fortunate to be paired with Vanessa’s Family. Vanessa is a single mother with a son and 3 nephews ages 1, 2, 12 and 14.

The food collected for Vanessa’s family filling two large boxes.

The food collected for Vanessa’s family filling two large boxes.

Employee Abelina Echevarria said of the occasion: "anything is possible if we put our efforts into it. Today was a true testament of that. We were able to put together two nice thanksgiving gift boxes for Vanessa’s family, teamed up and put together a wellness kit for Meals on Wheels, and were able to sit down together and enjoy a yummy meal together. Best part is that we look forward to our 2nd Annual Friendsgiving Luncheon in 2019 and future service projects" #psCARES

PromoShop is thankful to have the opportunity to give back to our community and work with both the Meals on Wheels Program and the Richstone Family Center. The holidays are a great time for us all to practice thoughtfulness and grace in helping those who may not be doing so well in whatever capacity we are able to help. 

With thankfulness in on our minds, we want to let you know that we are grateful for all of you, and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

September is Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month!

September is Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month!

Almost everyone living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) would probably agree: there’s a need to increase public understanding about RA. The general public seems to have some serious misconceptions about what exactly RA is and what it’s really like to live with RA.

RDAM was launched just two years ago by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), to improve the public’s understanding of rheumatic diseases, like RA, and the symptoms, risk factors, treatment options, and health impacts of life with RA.

The theme of RDAM is “Hundreds of Diseases, One Voice.” This encourages us to work together, speak as one voice, and to help educate the public about the realities of rheumatic diseases and what it’s like to live with one. It’s an opportunity to advocate for health and well being, and to help advance healthcare policies that give access to safe, affordable, and effective healthcare.

So what can you do to help promote awareness during September? For starters, share this article with your friends and family members – or perhaps direct them to this article so they can learn about the difference between RA and OA. Contact your lawmaker to encourage them to acknowledge RDAM and fight for laws that provide us with better healthcare – the Simple Tasks website offers an easy to use form. Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #RDAM.

If we truly act as one voice, we can encourage more understanding and compassion for people living with rheumatic diseases — which will improve the lives of millions of Americans!

Content pulled from https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/september-is-rheumatic-disease-awareness-month/

#psCARES: Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter

#psCARES: Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter

PromoShop Boise wanted to give back to their local community and, being in close proximity to the downtown metropolitan area, they could see the need of those with less than ideal living situations. As a team they decided one way they could assist these individuals was to provide them with their next meal.

The team decided that the place they would like to help is the Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter, which is located near the Boise office.

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The team worked together to get the supplies and assemble sandwiches for the shelter and delivered them around lunchtime that day.

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After this experience, the Boise team decided that it would be a great way to bond as a team and to also continually give back to their community. They have concluded that they will be doing this monthly and will be looking for additional ways to serve and lift those around them.

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July is UV Safety Month!

July is UV Safety Month!

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With summer in full swing, spending time outdoors under the sun is where most of us want to be. Whether we are enjoying a day at the beach, lake, river, or waterpark, UV safety should be high on our list of priorities.

Here are a few ways that you can help make your time in the sun a little safer:

Sunscreen

Protective clothing

Hats

A wide-brimmed hat offers great protection for your head and face.

Umbrella for shade

An umbrella can block a major portion of harmful UV rays while you are out and about.

Sunglasses

While a great fashion accessory, the most important job for sunglasses is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation, so you can keep your vision sharp and eyes healthy.

Some of the sun’s effects on the eyes include:

  • Cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. An estimated 20% of cases are caused by extended UV exposure.

  • Macular degeneration, resulting from damage to the retina that destroys central vision. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.

  • Pterygium, a tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye that can alter the curve of the eyeball, causing astigmatism.

For more ideas on sun safety, or to check out our UV-safe products, contact your PromoShop representative today!!

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In 2016, PromoShop’s very own Pam Smart volunteered for a medical mission group who provided healthcare to several villages in Northern Honduras. Because of the strength of the sun in the Central American country, eye health and cataracts are a significant issue for the Honduran people.

One of our supplier partners, Hit Promotional Products, generously donated over 1000 pairs of sunglasses to the mission group, who were able to pass them out over the course of the week that they were there.

PromoShop was proud to have been able to provide the connection and resources to benefit eye health safety in a third world country.

#psCARES: Boise Pride!

PromoShop was pleased to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community this past weekend at Pridefest in downtown Boise, Idaho. Members of our Boise office attended both the parade and festival to spread positive vibes with attendees and hand out over 500 rainbow koozies touting a message of support and inclusion: Unity, Diversity, Equality and Pride.

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With more than 30,000 attendees from throughout the Treasure Valley gathered en masse, PromoShop quickly went through the colorful can insulators.

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We were pleased to help spread the cheer that we saw reflected in the crowds; with so many people openly accepting and showing encouragement for the event; we look forward to participating and doing more next year.
— Pam Smart, PromoShop Creative Director
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