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The Long Life of Promotional Products

Masses of CandlesAs an industry expert, I know all about the long life of promotional products, but when I stumbled across this New York Times article, The Surprising Power of Promotional Products, I was delighted to read the author’s account of a very unique promotional product that made it 40+ years without ever seeing a trash bin.

When I was growing up, my grandma Ruby used to tell me, “The best things in life are free.” The older I get, the more I realize how right she was – and how this simple saying is just as powerful when applied to business practices. Giving something away is one of the best ways to advertise your organization or business, and not just because people like free things. It’s because the long life of promotional products ensures that your message will stay with your audience for weeks, months, and even years to come!

Use Them or Lose Them
Countless studies have found that the #1 reason people keep promotional products is because they use them. Whether it’s a pen for jotting down their grocery list, a paperweight that sits on their desk, or a cooler they carry to the beach, these products prove an important point – that your business, organization, or company provides a useful service that will make their lives easier, just like that pencil or cooler!

In other words, use promotional products to advertise your business or lose out on a valuable way to make your organization a great part of your customer’s lives; the choice is yours!

Make the Right Impression
Not only will the right promotional product make your customers feel more positive about your organization, it will also promote your organization on your behalf.
When customers, prospects, employees or volunteers take that tote bag to the library or the grocery store, other people will see it. When they wear that t-shirt to the YMCA, their workout buddies will notice. For some truly impressive stats, check out the average number of times the following promotional products are seen in just one month:

• Bags: 1,078 impressions
• Caps and hats: 443 impressions
• Writing instruments: 437 impressions
• Shirts: 344 impressions
• Calendars: 344 impressions
• Electronics: 278 impressions

Portrait of George WashingtonA Long History, A Bright Future
Promotional products in the USA have a long history. In fact, the very first promotional product is credited to none other than George Washington. During the 1789 election, he had commemorative buttons made and handed them out to voters. After he won the presidency, promotional items like almanacs and calendars slowly began to appear.

Today, we still offer buttons, almanacs, and calendars, but the world of promotional products has grown in ways that George Washington could have never imagined. From cell phone charger kits to power banks to flash drives to smart phone wallets, there is truly something for everyone. (As George would say, “I cannot tell a lie!) What you choose to use to spread your name is up to you, but don’t worry- our team at A Creative Touch will help you select the best product for your needs from our catalog of more than 850,000 items.

In the New York Times article referenced above, author MP Mueller cites an example of veterans groups see an increase in donations thanks to promotional products:

A well-known veterans’ nonprofit group, the Disabled American Veterans, is a case in point. When the group sends a mailing for contributions, Dr. Cialdini said, it gets an 18-percent response rate. When the same letter is sent with personalized address labels, which cost about eight cents, the response rate goes up to 35 percent. “For the cost of the address labels they get almost a doubling of return,” he said. “It’s very powerful rule and very small things can trigger it.”

40 years of longevity for one promotional product? 35 percent increase in contributions? 1078 impressions per month for a $3.00 tote bag? Those are healthy statistics that explain the power and the longevity of promotional products, and why they are the best way to spend your advertising dollars!

 

A Day in the Life of Promotional Products with Polly Promo

Promotional products are more than an excuse to get your business’s name and logo into the hands of your customers. They’re also an integral part of our everyday lives. From our morning cup of Joe to a day at the office to unwinding after work, the right promotional product can make someone’s life more organized, more inspired, and more FUN.

Today we’re going to follow our friend Polly Promo as she goes through a typical Tuesday, paying special attention to how some of our favorite promotional products help her through her day. Let’s get started!

ACT_mugRise and shine! Like most of us, Polly starts her day with a cup of coffee – two sugars and a drop of cream, sipped while sitting on her back porch. Her favorite coffee cup is her chalk mug (Item #PUBNI-JNIMQ), and each morning she circles the face that best fits her mood. Today, she’s all smiles.

Morning commute. Polly works in an office downtown. Before she heads out the door, she slides her laptop into a protective neoprene sleeve (Item #RADIG-JKEAI) to keep it safe on her journey. When she arrives at her desk a half an hour later, her laptop looks as good as Polly feels.

Lunch. Polly decides to go out to lunch with some of her co-workers. They’ve been working on a big project and everyone needs a break. At the restaurant they joke and laugh, and Polly is glad to be a part of such a fun team. After lunch she pops into the bathroom to freshen up before heading back to her desk. Her Clearly Pink Cosmetic Purse (Item #AYDJJ-GUOPT) makes it easy to reapply her lipstick and put an extra bobby pin in her hair.

ACT_gymDaily exercise. After work Polly heads straight for the gym – she knows if she goes home first, she’ll never get off the couch. Luckily she packed her workout clothes in her handy duffle bag (Item #OVEJH-IWUNJ) before leaving the house. After thirty minutes on the elliptical while flipping through the latest issue of People magazine, she feels recharged and ready to relax.

Dinner and drinks. While a casserole bakes in the oven, Polly pours herself a glass of Pinot Noir in a chic stemless glass (Item #QTEJG-GHTXQ). She tells her friends that she drinks a nightly glass of red wine for the health benefits, but deep down she knows it’s her reward at the end of a long day. She’s earned it!

Time for bed. Polly crawls into bed and turns off her light. She isn’t ready to sleep, so she opens the novel she’s reading and clips on her book light (Item #XXELJ-ITVOR). The white LED light illuminates the page perfectly, and Polly loses herself in the story until she feels herself drifting off. As she shuts off her light and closes her eyes, she feels grateful for a peaceful and productive life, made easier by the many promotional products that help her get through each day.

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Get Fired Up with Hot Promotional Products for 2014!

Summer is here, and you know what that means – it’s about to get H-O-T! Here at A Creative Touch, we’re celebrating the season with our favorite of hot promotional products for 2014. Whether you want your business to spread like wildfire, or you’re looking for a unique way to thank the employees, volunteers, and customers that make your organization sizzle, we’ve got the hot ticket items that will get the job done. Can you handle the heat? Let’s find out!

ACT Hot Sunglasses2 Tone Malibu Sunglasses
Item #DVKMH-IBFFX

In the game of “Who’s hottest?” the sun always wins. These sunglasses will help you enjoy the outdoors, even when that ball of fire is blazing high in the sky. Featuring lenses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection, they’re as functional as they are fun. Slide them into your bag when you’re on your way to the beach, put them on before a Sunday drive with the windows down, or wear them while drinking a pitcher of Sangria at an outdoor café. Soon enough, you’ll look even hotter than you feel.

White Jewel Collection Beach Towel
Item #GBBIE-GGEBM

Nothing makes a statement quite like our collection of beach towels. Large, colorful, and useful, your employees and volunteers will love this 100% cotton towel. At 29” long, it’s perfect for spreading out on the beach or at the pool and anyone passing by is bound to notice your logo printed across its surface. Just think – you can soak up some rays and work on your tan, while promoting your organization at the same time. It’s the perfect way to mix business with pleasure.

Hot Pad
Item #PYHFI-ICEAY

Some say if you can’t stand the heat, you should get out of the kitchen. With the help of this hot pad, you’ll be able to stay for dinner without losing your cool. Maybe you’re cooking up a new business plan. Maybe you’re putting out fires on each rung of the corporate ladder. Maybe you’re hosting a cookout for your best and brightest employees. Whatever the occasion, this hot pad – made from 100% cotton canvas with a heat-resistant backside – will help you get a handle on any situation.

ACT CornholeMini Bag Toss Game
Item #CVFEG-IRCUY

Bag Toss – or cornhole, as it’s known in most places – is the official game of summer. Easy enough that a child can play, yet so addictive that the adults won’t be able to stop, it’s a fixture at barbecues, bars, and backyard bashes across the country. This mini-version is great for traveling – just throw it into your beach bag or pack it into the car, and take the party with you wherever you go.

This list is just a sample of the kind of hot-off-the-presses promotional products you’ll find at A Creative Touch. Order now, and take your marketing plan from “not” to “hot!”

Promotional Products for Cars; Glove Compartment Must-Haves for Men

Generally speaking, men love cars, trucks, and, well, anything with a motor. They expend vast amounts of time and energy in upgrades, restorations and/or detailing. Sometimes they even name their beloved vehicle.  So when it comes to putting things inside their ride, they typically want useful and cool gadgets that also offer convenience. Below is an all-star lineup of glove compartment must-haves for men, functional promotional products that fit nicely inside that slender glove compartment or center console:

• Coffee lovers everywhere, rejoice! The reusable, foldable Java Sleeve Item #WWINJ-ICVVH easily slides onto a variety of paper or plastic coffee cups and protects hands from hot liquids; a perfect promotional product for cars that rack up mileage during the morning commute!

• Despite built-in calculators in phones and electronic devices, a traditional calculator still comes in handy, particularly when determining vehicle upgrades: Silver Slim Line Flip Up Calculator Item #UXCFH-EYGPN

ACT_beanie• Hats offer great head protection year-round. In the warm months, wick moisture away with a Vansport Microfiber Cap with Mesh Insets Item #GWDID-FSFYB. In cold weather, opt for a heat-retaining hat such as the Knit Beanie Cap Item #PUCEA-EYZVQ

• What’s one of the hottest promotional product item for cars?  Chargers!  Fully charge your electronic devices on the road with a Compact USB Car Charger Item #AZFNB-IVZWZ

• Organize loose change, parking stubs and receipts in one convenient location with Campolina Suede-Like Single Pocket Coin & Key Pouch (4 3/8″x3″) Item #HUHNE-CQSKI

• Protective eyewear is easily lost and damaged; store an extra set of Aviator Sunglasses Item #XTEKG-ICKXS and/or Standard Safety Glasses Item #XYHFJ-GFFWB.

• Whether going fishing or out on the links, protect against sunburn and bug bites with 1 Oz. Spf 50 Spray Sunscreen + Insect Repellant Item #HWINC-GZVJQ

• One can never have enough flashlights. Be prepared for night-time emergencies or under-the-hood repair with a Silhouette LED Torch Light Item #SXKJB-IWDQR

• Within the Keep It Cool Golf Kit Item #VWEMC-JIRQM, two golf balls and five golf tees help replenish ones lost on the course, but the kit’s universal appeal lies in the towel that literally keeps individuals cool no matter where they’re at.

ACT_toolkit• For men who love multifunctional products, consider the Tape ‘n Tool Kit Item #MXELG-FCVDU – a compact, pocket-size six-foot metal tape measure with multi-size screwdriver set.

These are just a few of the exceptional promotional products that A Creative Touch offers to businesses and organizations who want to thank clients, employees, and volunteers. Be sure to visit our vast database and discover even more useful gifts for men.

Beat the Heat With Cool Promotional Products

Word on the street is it’s going to be a hot summer – here in Wilmington, NC, we reached our first 90+ degree day in early May! If this is a sign of things to come, then we’re all going to need some cool promotional products to beat the heat. Luckily, A Creative Touch has the perfect products to help you enjoy the summer months without melting into a puddle.

ACT Cold TumblerEcono 16 Oz. Double Wall Tumbler with Lid & Straw
Item #HVJMC-ITZGE

I don’t know about you, but I’m the kind of person who can’t have enough water bottles, travel mugs, and tumblers – especially since most of mine end up in the lost and found. I’ve managed to hold on to this one, though. Maybe it’s because it’s got a double wall, keeping things colder for longer. Maybe it’s the fact that it doesn’t require a coaster. Maybe it’s the fancy straw, perfect for slurping anything from iced coffee to fruit smoothies. Whatever it is, it’s working – this tumbler is a keeper!

Budget Kooler Bag
Item #FYIMG-GGYGY

This cooler is one of our most popular products, and with good reason. It’s the perfect size for packing a picnic in the park or keeping a six-pack cold at the beach. The front pocket is a great place to stash concert tickets or spare dollars for the ice-cream truck, and the 20” long strap makes it easy to sling it over your shoulders when you’re on the go. It’s right up there with flip-flops and sunblock as a summer must-have.

Multi-color Water Tanker with Attached Bottle
Item #DYBND-GJEJZ

For the more mischievous organization, this water tanker makes a great giveaway. It’s perfect for playing at the beach, pool, or park, and great for backyard battles between kids and parents alike. And what could be better for office morale than a water gun fight at the company picnic? Loser buys the next round of ice-cream, and everybody wins!

ACT Icecream ScoopIce-Cream Scoop It
Item #TYFHH-FOSNR

I feel like I keep mentioning ice-cream in this post, so now I’ll just cut to the chase. This ice-cream scoop is more than just another novelty item – it’s a necessity! Whether you’re hosting a corporate picnic or a company party, this scoop does more than serve up perfect dollops of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry; it’ll make you feel like a kid again, and what could be cooler than that?

When you’re trying to decide how to beat the heat this summer, we hope you’ll start with A Creative Touch. In the meantime, stay cool!

Promotional Products for Past Presidents

You can tell a lot about people by what kind of promotional products they use. Are they drawn to wine glasses, or weekly planners? Are they more likely to use a beach towel, or a laptop bag? Today, we’re going to play a fun game, and imagine what promotional products some of our favorite past Presidents would choose.

ACT_KennedyOur youngest president, John F. Kennedy, was a great lover of literature, known for his elaborate anecdotes and rambling stories. He also liked to read poetry and prose, and some of his favorite authors included Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming, who wrote the James Bond novels. Kennedy would probably love to channel Bond with the help of our Three Piece Martini Set (Item # CYHIC-HNJJO ) – shaken, not stirred!

Our first President, George Washington was known for his bravery in battle and his honesty – “I cannot tell a lie,” he said, and the country believed him. A less known fact about this great man is that he loved dogs – he bred them, treated them like members of the family, and gave them unusual names, like Tarter, True Love, and Sweet Lips. A dog-lover like Washington would enjoy giving treats to his furry friends.  Our Gold Rimmed Box with Dog Bones (Item #YBKLB-ICOTD) would make a great reward for not just for a First Dog, but for any pampered pooch.

ACT_ReaganBefore he was president, Ronald Reagan had a successful career as a film and television star. His favorite acting role was as a double amputee in 1942’s Kings Row, in which he recites the line, “Where’s the rest of me?”, later used as the title of his 1965 autobiography. We’re sure Reagan would love our 4×6 Curved Filmstrip Frame (Item #AVEJF-IQNUN) for the Oval Office, to remind him of the days he spent on the stage.

In the fall of 1860, Abraham Lincoln received a letter from 11-year-old Grace Bedell, who told him that growing a beard was the only way he would win the election and become the president of the United States. “Your face is so thin,” she wrote. Lincoln followed her advice, and it worked. Because of his iconic whiskers, we’re sure he’d love our Leatherette Shave Kit (Item ##NZFMJ-GXYDN) to help keep his beard neat and trim.

ACT_ClintonIn addition to serving as our 42nd president, Bill Clinton is also a talented musician. In high school, he was in the chorus and played the tenor saxophone. He even considered dedicating his life to music instead of politics, but in the end the call to public service was stronger. He’d definitely keep a set of our Ear Buds in Case (Item #HTBIJ-JJZHJ) on hand at all times, so he could listen to music while reviewing reports and writing speeches.

What do you think? Did we match the right promotional product with each president? Head to our Facebook page and let us know your top picks!

Pack a Punch with these Patriotic Promotional Products

Every year we look forward to the summer months, and not just for the usual reasons. Sure we love the beach, family vacations, backyard barbecues, and the slower pace of long, light-filled days. But we also love the trio of holidays that let us to remember, honor, and most importantly celebrate the storied past and brave legacy of the good ole USA. Between Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July, there are many opportunities to share your pride. And with the following list of fun and unique patriotic promotional products, it’ll be easy to show your stars and stripes.

ACT CoinsStock Franklin & Liberty Chocolate Coins
Item #ZXBHH-CTXXZ

Some people claim apple pie is the ultimate American dessert. We’d like to offer these delicious and fun chocolates as competitors for that honor. Featuring a replica of the Ben Franklin/Liberty Bell half-dollar, minted from 1948-1963, it’s a gift that recalls the richness of American Heritage, and while delighting chocolate lovers everywhere. Unwrap one today, and see for yourself!

4” USA Pinwheel
Item #MVCIE-GIUGO

Chances are at some point this summer you’ll find yourself at a parade. When you’re watching the floats drive by, listening to the marching band, and cheering for the baton twirlers, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and wish you were a part of the action instead of standing on the sidelines. With this charming pinwheel, you can do just that! It’s bright, patriotic colors will delight children as well as the young at heart, and even the slightest breeze will send it spinning. Order one now and give it a whirl!

ACT Statue of LibertyStatue of Liberty Stress Reliever
Item #IZDGC-DNEFW

“Give me your tired, your poor, your stressed out volunteers and employees in need of relief…” Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly how it goes, but it’s close enough. Plus, it’s true – every good organization is bound to cause some stress, especially for those members who work hardest and care the most. And what better way to reward those people than with a Statue of Liberty stress reliever? Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, whether it’s about expense reports, charity events, or the latest local election, give Lady Liberty a squeeze. You’ll be feeling better in no time!

Prang American Crayons
Item #RVBMD-CXLON

Why should the adults have all the fun? Get the kids in on the patriotic action with a red, white, and blue box of four crayons. Non-toxic and made from soybean oil, they’re a safe, fun way to encourage creativity and self-expression, two quintessential American qualities. With the help of these crayons, you might just discover our country’s next great artist.

Whether you prefer to show your patriotic pride wearing it, holding it, drawing it, or squeezing it, we’ve got the promotional products for you. Check out our catalog now, before the holidays are here!

Promotional Products with Flower Power!

After a long, cold winter, warmer weather is finally here, and with it nature’s bright bouquets that signal spring’s arrival. Spring also brings a slew of holidays, kicking things off with one of our favorite flower power affairs: Mother’s Day!

Flowers are one of the most beloved and traditional Mother’s Day gifts – in fact, 70% of all mothers will receive flowers as a gift this May 11th, and consumers will spend a total of 1.9 billion dollars on pretty arrangements. While a bouquet of tulips, a handful of daisies, or a pocket full of posies makes a beautiful and thoughtful gift for mom, flowers are also a great way to show your appreciation to any of the many important people in your life, such as volunteers and employees. At A Creative Touch, we have a number of floral-themed promotional products that will remain useful and beautiful long after those vases of flowers have begun to wilt.

ACT Dancing FlowersDancing Solar-Powered Flowers
Item #IYHLE-IELCY

Your employees and volunteers spend long hours at their desks, working week after week to make your organization better. Why not bring a little bit of the outdoors inside with these adorable dancing flowers? Powered by sunshine, these cheeky sprouts will delight office workers everywhere as they gently sway in their colorful pots.

 Jumbo Silk Flower Lei Assortment (12 Pack)
Item #PVIHF-GWMEV

You’d love to give your mother the ultimate gift – a trip to Hawaii, where she could relax, renew, and recharge on the sandy shores of paradise. Unfortunately, paradise isn’t exactly in your budget. Instead, why not bring a little Hawaii home? Get her beach-worthy toes with a gift certificate for a pedicure, brew a pot of delicious Kona coffee, and drape one of these fun and colorful silk leis around her neck. She’ll be dancing the hula in no time!

Flower Pot Plant-a-Shape Bookmark
Item #IWGJD-CZDGH

ACT Flower PenThere’s nothing more relaxing than curling up with a cup of tea and a good book. Honor this time worn tradition—along with your volunteers, employees, and loved ones—with a beautifully designed bookmark. And when you’ve finished the book, you can keep enjoying this unique bookmark by planting it in your garden! It comes embedded with seeds, and will grow a variety of wildflowers you can enjoy all season long.

Flower Bend-a-Pen
Item #CTGEJ-ICLH

This pen is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.  It’s a great for a mother writing a grocery list, an employee checking in volunteers for a big event, or a fun-loving CEO headed to her next meeting, . With its bendable body and arms, and feet that double as a stand and cap, it’s a master at multitasking.

Whether you’re celebrating mom or thanking the many employees and volunteers that have helped nurture your organization, these floral themed products are a great way to say thanks and put a little “spring” in their steps!

Add a Creative Touch to the Contents of Your Purse

Whether you call it a purse, a handbag, a pocketbook, or a tote, these incredibly useful repositories are a woman’s best friend and we take them everywhere we go. Each destination often requires a separate purse with corresponding accoutrements. Often, we find that we need to juggle all three within the same week – even the same day. No wonder so many different handbags dangle from doorknobs and chair backs throughout our homes! But what do the contents of your purse say about you?

The size and style of our pocketbooks, like our pets, tend to reflect our personality whereas the contents of said bags traditionally reflect our current needs. However, I believe that the contents can combine flair and function.  Here at A Creative Touch, I love to personalize those must-have items for every life stage. Following are some of my favorites when it comes to handbags:

 

ACT Sanitizer for Mommy Purse

The Mommy Catchall
Being a mother means being prepared.
• Kids are notorious for getting boo-boos everywhere they go; have band-aids and first aid cream at the ready with this purse-friendly Instant Care Kit Item #GYKKI-DNVMO
• Distract the kids and keep them entertained with a Happy Face Super Bounce Ball (2″) Item #RBFJB-CIXMV
• Keep your cell phone – and their favorite electronic devices – fully charged while shuttling them to their next event with USB Dual Car Charger Item #KWDLG-JCZPA
• Avoid yucky germs year-round with 1.9 Oz. Clear Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Carabiner Item #STDNC-GCBTY

 

 

 

ACT Notebook for PurseThe Functional Workhorse
Regardless of your job or career, impressions matter.
• Keep those white fuzzies at bay with a compact Lint Brush Item #XVJHD-EXVTV
• For those moments when inspiration hits, it’s helpful to have immediate access to a Clouds And Stripes Note Book & Pen Item #UXCHG-JCJFQ, which also serves as an attractive business card holder.
• Fresh breath never goes out of style, especially before a meeting; consider a Small Rectangular Hinged Mint Tin with choice of flavors Item #RVILA-HXUEQ

 

ACT Nail File for Purse_edited-1The Bare Necessities
Some items belong in every purse.
• Keep those manicured nails nice and smooth with a Case in Point Nail File Item #JVKHJ-JJIWV – an attractive glass nail file with a color-matching case.
• Keep your handbag safely in view and away from germs with a Photovision Deluxe Purse Hanger Item #OUEMA-IBFVA
• You never know when allergies or emotions might overtake you. Be prepared with Tek Tissue Item #RVBIG-IWFHO

 

For those of you who are not already aware, I am a huge fan of handbags.  My favorite brand is Louis Vuitton.  I store all kinds of nifty and useful items inside those luxurious leather handbags.  In the very near future, I’m going to give one of “my” purses away.  It won’t be one of my beloved LV bags, mind you, but it will be fully stocked with a vast array of promotional product goodies! Stay tuned for details on how you can enter the contest. In the meantime, I encourage you to inventory your purse’s contents and get creative!

A Heartwarming Story About Promotional Products

A Creative Touch Brings Warmth and a Pastor Brings “Sunshine,” Creating a Heartwarming Story in the Midst of the Atlanta Snow Jam

If you watch the news or read the papers, you know about the thousands of motorists in Atlanta, GA who were stranded during this winter’s “Snow Jam.” But what you don’t know is that a promotional product from A Creative Touch and a generous pastor “saved the day” for one thankful veteran:

act-blanket-captionOn the afternoon of January 28, 2014, Jacqueline Anderson, a 22-year Army veteran and a volunteer for an A Creative Touch client, joined the thousands of other motorists trying to get home before the storm settled in. In addition to typical traffic congestion, icy conditions were causing widespread accidents that further exacerbated the problem. Jacqueline made it as far as the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna before her plans for the evening abruptly changed. As she crested a hill and began the icy decent, she discovered to her dismay that she was headed directly into a car pileup. Unable to gain the traction necessary to steer clear of the accident, Jacqueline’s car became the fourth automobile to slide into an abandoned SUV at the bottom of the hill.

Thankfully uninjured, Jacqueline had the presence of mind to gather some items from her car before joining the growing throng of stranded motorists seeking shelter from the storm. Pastor Brian Downing, a young man in a young church, invited all who had “stuck cars” in the vicinity to come to his church, the Oakdale Church of God. Jacqueline and approximately 100 others gladly accepted his invitation.

As the storm raged outside, Pastor Downing and his wife sprang into action. They played family movies to help entertain people; hastily put together a dinner consisting of pizza, salad, and spaghetti; and even invited a young mother with an infant into their home so she and the baby would be more comfortable. Everyone else spread out either on the church floor or on pews when it was time to retire for the evening.

act-blanket-caption-2It was at this point that Jacqueline was thankful that she had thought to retrieve her A Creative Touch double-sided, gray-and-blue fleece blanket from the trunk of her car that afternoon. “It was so warm and snuggly! And everyone kept complimenting me on it,” said Jacqueline. And to think that after having stored it in her trunk for two years, she had almost taken it out a few weeks before the storm hit!

In the morning, Pastor Downing and his wife rose early to prepare and serve bacon and eggs for breakfast as everyone continued to get to know each other. What Jacqueline and the others initially perceived simply as a source of shelter had expanded into something much bigger. “There were people there of all ages, and all ethnicities from all walks of life; by the end we were all friends!” she exclaims. Indeed, she and one of her new friends have already scheduled to have lunch together this Friday, and the entire group is planning a reunion at the church next year.

Jacqueline stayed until about 2:30 pm on the 29th. Although her vehicle had sustained damage to its passenger side, it was drivable and she arrived home safely. The following week, she returned to Oakdale Church of God with paper towels, toilet tissue, trash bags, and water to replenish the church’s supplies. “I was so grateful to have a bathroom and a warm place to stay,” she says. “I view the entire experience as a blessing!”

A Creative Touch is not only proud that one of our products helped Jacqueline weather the storm, but grateful for people like Pastor Downing who cared for one of our veterans and a part of the A Creative Touch extended family. To show our appreciation, we’ll be sending a donation (and a few promotional products!) to the Oakdale Church in Smyrna.

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