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The 2016 Olympics are Here!

Today kicks off the 2016 Rio Olympics.  Tonight, people in countries all over the world will be watching the Opening Ceremony with excitement, and ready to cheer on their country.

Because of this, we thought there was no better charity to support this month than the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics supports people with intellectual disabilities through sports related activities.  So while you are cheering on your favorite individuals and the USA over the next few weeks, never forget that the Special Olympics exists.

Each month, Frame USA chooses a charity to support online at www.frameusa.com and in our Retail Store.  For the month of August, we chose the Special Olympics for both.  Giving back is near and dear to our hearts, and something we always love our customers to be passionate about as well.

Did you know that for all orders placed on our website at www.frameusa.com, we donate $0.75/order to charity?  That means all you have to do is purchase picture frames from us and you are helping to support great charities everywhere.  We also give you the opportunity to make a donation of your own choosing in your shopping cart.  So whether you are buying a wood frame, metal picture frame, or a poster frame, your order makes a difference and never forget that!

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Mixing and Matching with Closeout Frames

Frame Closeouts Sometimes a project comes up that requires you to get a lot of frames. Maybe a school arts and crafts day or an awards ceremony. When you have to buy for a large group, getting brand new frames can be a hefty expense. Sometimes you might need 50 to a hundred to even 300 picture frames for an event. If this is employee run or a charity or a PTA your budget is going to be limited and you need to stretch your spending dollar as far as you can. A great solution for this is buying closeouts from Frame Closeouts.

Framecloseouts.com offers a hugevariety of wood picture frames, metal picture frames, and poster frames at very low prices. There are over 30 different styles and sizes and thousands of closeout frames to choose. from.

These are frames that have been returned to us in great condition (maybe someone ordered the wrong color) or that we made too many of. Most of them are sorted only by size. This is because we offer a 24 hour turnaround on getting closeouts shipped out, from the time you place your order. This helps ensure they can be pulled fast. Our regular wood closeouts, however, are sorted by size and color. So if you need 50 gold 11 x 17 frames, you can choose them.

Because they are sorted this way, when you choose closeouts, there’s no way to know exactly which style you will be receiving. This makes them ideal for gifts where they don’t need to match each other, where each person is getting something unique.

So when you need a lot of high quality frames and cheap picture frames prices or if you only need a few or even one, but quickly, take a chance on Frame Closeouts. We think you will be glad you did.

 

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Charity of the Month: American Cancer Society Relay For Life

American_Cancer_Society_Relay_For_Life_Logo In 2008 I was in a local band. We played shows all over the country and were asked to play many local benefits. That summer we were asked to be a part of Relay for Life. Us and a group of other musicians would play round the clock for 24 hours as people walked a track at the Lebanon Speedway, earning pledges to raise money for cancer research. The organizer’s partner had been treated for cancer and was still going through chemo but they both were there. The organizer had come to all of us musicians to say that her partner loved TV show theme songs and to ask us each to learn one to play during our hour. My band learned Laverne and Shirley. Afterward, her partner made a point to come up to us after our shift and thank us and hug us and let us know how much she appreciated our show. She loved hearing our version of the song. I don’t know if she is still around, but I really hope so. So many people were there, staying up all night, walking that track for her. Wanting to show her that they weren’t giving up. It was humbling and inspiring. I truly hope she made it.

The Relay for Life is such an important event. It is held at tracks all across the country to raise money in the fight against cancer. It is expensive to fund research. So many people are involved and so much time and equipment are necessary to really give us a chance to find a cure. Grants and private donations can only stretch so far so it is up to survivors and friends and loved ones to try and help stretch the dollars devoted to research.

And it’s not just research that is expensive. The cost of treatment and drugs is astronomical and insurance doesn’t always cover all of it. Patients often are snowed under by their medical bills along with their families.

And speaking of their families, they also sometimes need to travel for treatment. They need to be with their family and need a place to stay. There are many places that provide temporary lodging to families who are with patients so they can be together but they need to be kept up. They need up to date facilities to help keep the families and patients comfortable and their spirits up. Relay for Life provides funding for this as well.

So please visit the Relay For Life page and find out how you can get involved. It’s important. It can save lives.

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Charity of the Month, May 2016: Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation



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Spending time outside on a warm, sunny day is one of life’s great pleasures; on the beach, at a ball game, at the park with the kids. It can also be one of life’s great dangers, unfortunately. Without taking the time to properly protect your skin from the sun, your risk of developing melanoma (skin cancer) is greatly increased.

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Andy Caress

Andy Caress was a 24 years old tennis player, well loved by his friends and family, when he developed melanoma in 2008. He realized, as he went through the process of fighting the disease that there were a lot of misconceptions about melanoma that needed to be addressed and research that needed support. He said:

 

 

My goal is that melanoma will never impact any person the way it has impacted me, and I will achieve my goal by educating the world about how melanoma may be prevented and identified.”

He wanted the public to understand that it was not a cancer that it was “lucky” to get if you had to get cancer. That steps could be taken to help prevent it. While battling his own cancer, going through the processes of radiation treatment and chemotherapy, Andy started the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation. The foundation’s goals, simply stated are:

  1. Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races
  2. Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma
  3. Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations
  4. “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words

Andy, sadly died in 2010, but he used his experience as a way to help others. He said, ” The message of my life is that people should know more about melanoma.” Through his foundation, this message is carried on and his courage and caring endure.

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Andy presents check to Dr. Patrick Hwu at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

To help with the mission, Frame USA will be donating to The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation in appreciation for your online order for the month of May.

From their website:

“In August of 2010, Andy Caress lost his battle with this deadly disease. His foundation carries his mission forward to prevent this dreadful form of cancer from impacting the lives of others. We invite you to keep Andy’s Mission alive and become a contributor to this very important cause. With your support we will make Andy’s goal a reality! 

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, through awareness, education and support of research to find a cure. ”

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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April’s Charity of the Month: Visionaries and Voices

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Art has a way of healing. For both the its creator and the audience experiencing it. It’s a bridge that connects two individuals—and sometimes m groups—allowing them to communicate experiences and emotions. It is powerful and it can save lives. The Cincinnati based non-profit organization Visionaries and Voices helps disabled artists—artists who want very much to be heard—by providing studio space. supplies, education and exhibition. They also help the community at large by allowing us to experience what those artists are communicating.

Frame USA is proud to partner with Visionaries and Voices to provide Studio Space and other materials here in our building. For the month of April we will be donating to Visionaries and Voices.

From their website:

 

“Established in 2003, Visionaries + Voices is a non-profit organization that provides representation, studio space, supplies, and support to more than 140 visual artists with disabilities. V+V artists actively contribute to the greater arts community through creative, educational, and strategic partnerships with local and regional artists, schools, and business leaders. Collectively, we are growing a more inclusive arts community in Greater Cincinnati.

 

 

We create a world in which artists with disabilities not only produce and share works of art, but are also given continuous opportunities to learn, develop professionally, collaborate, exhibit, and celebrate with community members.”

 

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

 

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March Charity of the Month: Disabled American Veterans

March 2016 Charity: Disabled American Veterans

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The men and women of our armed services put their lives on the line every day. During active combat they are defending our freedom and fighting for the freedom of others. When they become disabled in the course of their duty they deserve to be taken care of back here at home. Unfortunately they sometimes fall through the cracks. Thankfully there are organizations like the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) who are there to help our soldiers who’ve given more than just time to their country.

To help with the mission, Frame USA will be donating to Disabled American Veterans in appreciation for your online order for the month of October.

From their website:

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually. In 2015, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for themselves and for veterans, their families and survivors. 

With almost 1,300 chapters and nearly 1.3 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keep the promises made to them.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

 

Fill the Truck Charity Initiative 2015 is a SUCCESS!!

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Fill The Truck 2015

**PRESS RELEASE**

December 23, 2015

Springdale, Ohio – The sixth annual #FillTheTruck for Charity, serving six charities in the Cincinnati Metropolitan area, concluded today collecting 44,818 items.   The item count was up 60% from total collections of 28,008 items in 2015 and completely filled two 53 foot semi-trucks.

13,792 items will be delivered to the Healing Center today as part of the 2016 Fill the Truck initiative.  The remaining 31,026 items will be delivered to five other charities (that are closed this week) next week.   The items collected include Personal Care Items, Hygiene Kits, Winter Clothing, Food and New Home Products.

Snapshot of items collected to date.

Trucks Filled:                        Two Complete Semi-Trucks

Total Items Collected:           44,818

Total Skids:                            57 Skids

 

CEO Dan Regenold said about this year’s initiative, “I am truly amazed to see the number of people coming forward and getting involved with this charity.   From Day 1 we could barely keep up with the contributions that help people in the area that are struggling.   Our building was literally filled up with donations.   Thank You to the wonderful people of Cincinnati who helped make this happen.”

Charities Served
http://fillthetruck.org/charities.html

  • The Healing Center
  • Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center
  • Churches Active in Northside (CAIN)
  • Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky
  • NorthEast Emergency Distribution Services (NEEDS)
  • Loveland Interfaith Effort (LIFE)

 

About #FillTheTruck
http://www.FillTheTruck.org

 

#FillTheTruck is a charity and initiative of Frame USA and is classified as a 501c3 organization dedicated to serving our neighbors in need during the holiday season.  This is our sixth year of operation and we are proud of partnering with six service organizations to provide personal care, hygiene items, clothes and much more. .  Families will begin receiving your donations the week of Christmas.  The organization, labor, trucks, and transportation have been provided in-kind in order to assure 100% of donations go to the charities.

The 2016 corporate sponsors are:  Frame USA, Akers Packaging Service, AMP Frame Joining Technology of North America, AtoZ Discount Printing, Boy Scouts of America Troup 417 Glendale, Cincinnati Fit Body Boot Camp, Framerica, Heyman Talent, iHeart Media, J. Ackerman Personal Training, Krieg Offset Incorporated, Planes Moving and Storage, Plante Moran, Princeton City Schools, QC Software, Reiser and Company CPAs, SRO Prints, The North Carolina Moulding Company, Village of Evendale, VonLehman CPA and Advisor Firm, and Wyoming City Schools.    Sponsors are listed at:  http://fillthetruck.org/index.htm

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Charity of the Month: Fill the Truck

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If you’ve ever moved from one house or apartment to another, you know that you can fill a small U-Haul box truck with a lot of boxes. Now imagine that instead of a box truck you’ve got a 54 foot semi trailer. How many boxes of stuff do you think you could get into that thing? In 2010 the CEO of Frame USA, Dan Regenold wondered the same thing. How many boxes filled with food, household items, personal hygiene products and the like could he get onto one of those trailers  to be given to local families in need. This question led to Frame USA’sFill The Truck” initiative and a holiday tradition was born.

There are many families who are struggling in all of our communities. Things happen–life happens. Sometimes you get knocked down and it’s hard to get back up and back to normal. While you’re trying there are still needs to be met. The Fill The Truck initiative gathers donations from both corporate sponsors and individual donors to benefit local charities who keep people’s immediate needs fulfilled while also helping them find their footing again. This year’s charities are:

The Healing Center

Valley Interfaith

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The Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky

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The Loveland Inter Faith Effort

 

blogFill The Truck Photo 2015 Many of these charities do more than just distribute goods, they assist people with putting together budgets, finding jobs, getting other services and benefits that will help them find self-sufficiency again. What they give people lasts more than a can of green beans, it can last a lifetime. However, the green beans are needed too, because you have to eat while you’re learning how to do well at job interviews and so do your kids. Fill the Truck strives to make sure these charities have what they need to achieve their goals.

Please visit Fillthetruck.org and find out how you can help.

 

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Charity of the Month: Freestore Foodbank

Hunger. It’s something we’re all familiar with; something we’ve all felt. If you go too long throughout the day without eating it makes you start to feel bad, even sick. It’s nice to be able to just run somewhere to get a quick bite, or to grab a snack out of the fridge or pantry and make that go away. Unfortunately, some people–many people–in this country can’t do that. Their hunger can go on and on because they’re unable to get food form themselves or worse, for their families. The reasons are varied and irrelevant. No one should have to go without food. In 1971, a Cincinnati man named Frank Gerson thought that same thing and began keeping food and household items he saw being discarded at his work to give to disadvantaged families. This act of kindness grew into one of the largest foodbanks in the state of Ohio. This is Frame USA‘s Charity of the Month:

The Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati.

The Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati

The Freestore is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that collects food and household goods that most of us take for granted, and distribute them throughout 20 counties across Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. They purchase, solicit and collect food donations and provide 20 million meals a year. They work with 250 different community partner agencies to make this happen. They are a member of the Feeding America network of food banks and rescue programs and their mission is simple:

“We provide food and services, create stability, and further self-reliance for people in crisis.”

One of their core values is a commitment to the idea that “we will not accept hunger.” And they don’t. They have a “Customer Connection Center” in downtown Cincinnati where people in need can go to receive help. And not just with food–they provide clothing assistance, help with money management, bus tokens, housing and rent assistance and a homeless outreach program. In addition to this they seek out families in crisis who aren’t close enough to come to the Connection Center but still need their help. In addition to this they have other food related programs to help stamp out hunger:

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The Giving Fields
Rosenthal Fresh Food Initiative
Power Pack
Kids Cafe

Please go to their website freestorefoodbank.org to learn more about how you can help, not just in Cincinnati, but in your own hometown. Also, if you’d like to donate you can click on the “donate” button on your checkout screen to send a donation to the Freestore (we also donate $0.75 of every frame order to our Charity of the Month).

With Thanksgiving coming up, eating will be on most of our minds. Let’s try to get everyone fed, not just for this month, but every month.

 

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This Week in Pop Culture: The Big Bang Theory

It’s no secret than in the last decade, nerd culture has undergone a revolution from scorned and ridiculed to a multimedia powerhouse. The force that drives Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and televisions most successful–both critically and financially–programming. Not only are all the movies and shows made for and by nerds but now we have a ton of content about them. But back in  2007 (doesn’t sound like a long time ago, does it?) we really didn’t have anything that cast nerds as the leading men and women. At least, not until September 24th–the date that Chuck Lorre’s new (at the time) sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory” premiered. Then we were all treated to watch the social dynamic of a group of geeky scientists change as a pretty, popular girl was thrust into their midst.

If you’re not familiar with the show, it breaks down like this: Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper are two socially awkward physicists (as well as roommates) working at Caltech in Pasadena along with their friends Howard and Raj (an aerospace engineer and astrophysicist, respectively). They are all living their normal, nerdy lives when a pretty waitress/aspiring actress named Penny moves across the hall and Leonard falls for her. Hard. This disrupts their social norm (which is of particular concern to the obsessive-compulsive Sheldon) and hilarity ensues. In the first season a lot of the jokes and comedic through-line were based around the gulf between Penny’s world and the boys’. Her not understanding their references–them not understanding her social confidence and competence. This sort of became secondary, however, as time moved on and the characters developed and grew. The focus shifted to the relationships more than the gimmick and in it’s fourth season it became the highest rated comedy on TV.

Along with this popularity came merchandising. T-shirts emblazoned with Sheldon’s catchphrase, “Bazinga!”, began popping up all over the place, as well as posters. Which brings us to the Big Bang Posters that we carry at Posterservice.com. There are six Big Bang theory posters to choose from with different cast photos and art that you can frame and hang in your nerdtastic home theater where you watch the show in it’s constant syndicated reruns.

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And of course, you wouldn’t want to have your new Big Bang Theory posters hanging naked on the wall–Sheldon Cooper would never allow that–so you’ll want to pick up poster frames for your posters. At Frameusa.com we have a wide selection of poster frames to choose from. Our Budget Saver frames in black are always an excellent choice to frame your tv and movie posters.

So get your Star Trek shirts on, heat up a warm beverage or some Thai food, hang your newly framed Big Bang Theory posters and kick back to enjoy some nerdy goodness for a few hours. It will do you good. If nothing else, you’ll learn some science factoids.