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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:

Cincinnati COOKS!
The Giving Fields
Rosenthal Fresh Food Initiative
Power Pack
Kids Cafe

Please go to their website 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 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 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.


Pie A Manager in The Face for Charity

Last week we introduced the charity for the month of July and mentioned that we had an internal event planned to help raise even more money for this great organization. The charity that we chose is a unique concept that we felt deserved a little extra. During the month of July we will be donating $0.75 for every purchase of picture frames made on our website to a program that feeds hungry children during the summer months. These children are those that would ordinarily receive reduced lunches at school.

There comes a time in an employees career where you just wish you could talk back to your boss without getting fired; well our employees got the chance last week to let out all their anger and help feed kids in the process.

Pie Charity

We gave our employees 3 chances to pie the manager of their choice in the face by giving them three ways to enter the drawing. They could donate $1 for 1 Ticket, $5 for 6 Tickets or bring in 1 Jar of Peanut Butter for 3 Tickets… and boy did our employees deliver! We gave our employees a little over a week to purchase the tickets and when it came time for the managers to get creamed we had raised $114 and received 19 jars of peanut butter to be donated to the program created by Valley Interfaith. Since the opportunity to pie your manager only comes around once in a blue moon we wanted everyone to live through our lucky employees who had their tickets chosen; One of which was a bonus, because what would a pie your manager in the face charity event be if it didn’t involve the CEO of the company! As you look at these photos consider donating $1 the next time you order one of our high quality picture frames. All charitable donations made go 100% to Valley Interfaith’s Newest program.


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The Peanut Butter Program

July Charity of the Month: Valley Interfaith’s Peanut Butter Program

Almost everyone knows the feeling of skipping a meal. At first you may not notice it but the second your stomach growls almost assault the person next to you, you become aware. For most, this feeling isn’t a regular feeling but rather a rather unfortunate side effect of being too busy. For some, however this feeling is one that they deal with on a daily basis.

Educators found a solution to this problem for today’s youth by providing reduced lunches to these students during the school year. They were aware that the meal they provided may be the only meal this child eats all day. These type of programs are a fantastic depiction of generosity and compassion that people have; but what happens when school is out for the summer?

The children go back to not eating, or eating very little having to share with siblings and parents until the school is back in session.

An organization thought this was unacceptable so they set out to create a program to fix it and Frame USA and Posterservice decided to help them out by choosing this program as our July Charity of the Month .

Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing center, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, created The Peanut Butter Program. The program was designed to provide children and their families with peanut butter for meals during the summer months.

This organization’s vision is to “help [their] clients break their cycle of dependency, and regain their status as productive participants in society.” The creation of The Peanut Butter Program is making them one step closer to making their vision a reality by feeding the city’s youth!

We are so passionate about this cause that we have planned an internal event that we’ve done once before with such fantastic results that we would do it again : Pie A Manager in the Face for Charity. Stay tuned next week for the full messy report, don’t worry there will be pictures!


June Charity of the Month: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Cancer Sucks. In this day and age this statement has gone from simply an opinion to a cold hard fact. There are countless of different organizations out there that have made it their mission to finding a cure and helping those affected by this awful disease have a better life.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) began in 1949 by Rudolph and Antoinette De Villiers. The De Villiers were the parents of  Robert “Robbie” Roesler De Villiers who five years before the start of the organization had been taken by Leukemia. Since their start LLS has donated more than $1 billion to research to advance therapies and save lives.

LLS Charity

Today, LLS is known as the largest voluntary health organization that is dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

This organization has adopted a unique philosophy that couldn’t be said any better:

Whenever we talk about cancer, we always use the same word. Someday. Someday there will be a cure. Someday we won’t lose the people we love. But when is someday? With LLS’s research partnerships and collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, patients support services and advocates working for blood cancer patients everywhere, someday is today.

We have chosen Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as our charity of the month for June. For every purchase of picture frames made on our website we will be donating $0.75 to this organization.  But don’t let the charity stop there, you have the opportunity to help out the countless of individuals fighting for their lives. When you check out on,, and consider donating just $1 to this great organization.


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May Charity of The Month: The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

May Charity of the Month

I don’t think there is a single person alive that doesn’t enjoy a beautiful day in the sun. Sunlight makes you happy, it makes you feel better, it gives those that face harsh winters, hope, and there is a good chance that without proper protection it could kill you.

As a kid your mother would pin you down as you squirm and wiggle to slather on sunscreen to protect your precious skin. This wasn’t for her benefit, in fact if you ask her, I’m sure she will say it was her least favorite activity she did with you. As with many things in life, this is something that we all could learn from our mothers. Applying sunscreen, although an annoying task, is something that can save your life, especially for those that are fair skinned.

According to skincancer.og, each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer. The deadliest and fastest growing type of skin cancer out there is melanoma. There is a common misconception that melanoma is one of the easy cancers to get. That is definitely not the case in fact, one person dies of melanoma every hour, 57 minutes to be exact.

In 2010 that one person that tragically lost his battle to melanoma was a 24 year old young man named Andy Caress.

Andy loved the outdoors and was never far from a tennis ball and racquet. In August of 2008 he finished near the top of his age group in a mini triathlon, with open lake swimming followed by biking and a run. He was considered to be in the best physical shape of his life. He was the definition of a strong fighter.

In October of 2008, Andy Caress was diagnosed with melanoma. Although his activities changed, his fight never faltered. In the midst of treatment Andy created a foundation called Mela-KNOW-More. As he was getting radiation treatments, surgeries and bio-chemo therapy he was fighting to change the misconception of melanoma to the public.

Throughout his treatment he never lost his fight or his drive to help find a cure for melanoma, but unfortunately he was faced with an opponent that he could not beat and died peacefully August 4, 2010.

Mela-KNOW-More is now The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation, whose volunteer members are dedicated to continuing to pursue the mission of this amazingly strong young man.

“His mission is simple: ”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.”’

The specific goals of The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation are consistent with Andy’s mission and include:

  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


Frame USA has joined in their fight and has selected this fantastic organization as our charity of the month for May.

Please consider donating $1 with your order of picture frames, so that this foundation can continue to wipe melanoma off the face of the planet.

For more information about Andy Caress, or The foundation and its programs please visit


April 2015

April Charity of the Month: Visionaries & Voices

April Charity of the Month

It has been an exciting past couple of weeks here in t the Frame USA offices, what with the basketball championship and a March madness type competition amongst the employees. As the excitement of both settles down we are reminded once again of a core value of Frame USA and Posterservice: Giving back.

In 2001, a unique idea was created. This idea was about an organization that would give members of the Cincinnati community with disabilities, an opportunity to make, market and celebrate their artistic talents. In 2003, this was no longer an idea but a full non-profit organization called Visionaries & Voices.

Visionaries & Voices holds a special place in our hearts over at Frame USA. They have been part of our team for 8 years. Using a corner of our warehouse, V&V opened up a satellite studio and started welcoming artists from Butler and Warren County to the new studio space.

The vision of this amazing organization is to:

“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”

Visionaries & Voices started with a small group of artists and have now expanded to over 150 artists each week at their two studios. They provide studio space for artists to come and use materials they otherwise may not have access to. They then give those artists an opportunity to showcase that art in variety of exhibitions they host every year. One of their most popular exhibition is Double Vision. This is an art auction that gives V&V artists the opportunity to collaborate on a piece of art, with artists working in the regional arts community that will then be auction at the gala. The 6th annual Double Vision art auction is this Friday, April 10, from 6:30-11.

In celebration of the 8th year as part of our team, we have chosen V&V as our April Charity of the month.

Frame USA will donate $0.75 for every purchase of picture frames made on our website. As well as this donation our customers also have the option of donating one dollar when they check out online.

Your one dollar could be responsible in countless pieces of one of a kind artwork being created, will you help us spread beauty around the world?

If you would like to know more about Visionaries & Voices and the work they do or for tickets for their upcoming annual art auction gala, Double Vision, please visit their website at

Best Friends Animal Society

If this was a TV commercial we would start by showing videos of hurt animals while playing really depressing music, but since this is a blog post so we’re going to give you pictures instead.

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I bet you are wondering why a Framing Company is giving a bunch of adorable pictures of animals to their blog readers.

March Charity of the Month: Best Friends Animal SOCIETY

These animals are just 16 out of the 923 animals available for adoption from an organization called Best Friend Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an animal welfare society that sponsored the no-kill movement for animal shelters nearly 30 years ago.

When this movement first began there was nearly 17 million homeless pets that were dying each year in our nation’s shelters. Best Friend’s created a variety of programs aimed to help reduce this number.

According to their website:

“By implementing spray/neuter and trap/neuter/return programs (TNR) to reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increasing the number of people who adopt pets, we’ve reduced that number to around 4 million deaths annually.

Our national initiatives focus on animals most likely to enter America’s shelter system – cats, castoffs from puppy mills, and pit-bull-terrier-type dogs. Our national initiatives address these issues by keeping community cat’s safe and out of shelters with TNR, battling commercial breeding operations, and fighting discrimination against pit bull terriers.”


For the month of March we have vowed to help the initiative of Best Friend’s Animal Society by choosing them as our charity of the month.

Frame USA will donate $0.75 for every purchase of picture frames made on our website. As well as this donation our customers also have the option of donating one dollar when they check out online.

Your one dollar could put a stop to unnecessary animal deaths in the nation’s shelters.

Charity of the Month for February

Our Charity for the Month of February

It is hard to talk about something so serious when all your brain really wants to think about right now are Katy Perry’s Sharks. Sometimes, however, for the greater good of the world you have to talk about the difficult things.

If you are lucky you have never and will never have to deal with a loved one’s life being taken by a life threatening disease such as cancer, most of us, unfortunately, are not that lucky. If there is one thing that everyone can agree with it is this: Cancer Sucks.  What makes matters even worse is that these diseases like cancer don’t discriminate, there is not a single person on this planet that is safe, including children. Children haven’t even had a chance to live their life before having to fight for it.

The one defense that people have against cancer and other life threatening diseases is that we have teams of Doctors and Scientists working day and night to find a cure and treatment for them. One of which, and probably the most well-known, is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

According to their website:

“The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay”

St Jude is internationally recognized for “its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.” It is one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country and is the “first and only national cancer institute designated comprehensive cancer center devoted solely to children.”

Frame USA wants to help you help the world. So for the month of February we have chosen St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as our monthly Charity.

Frame USA will donate $0.75 for every purchase of picture frames made on our website. As well as this donation our customers also have the option of donating one dollar when they check out online.

February 2015 Charity of the MOnth

Your one dollar could save millions of children’s lives.

Holiday Shipping 2014

Holiday Shipping Schedule for 2014

As Christmas quickly approaches everyone is scrambling to get their gifts ordered and purchased so that they arrive on time. Buying presents online, although convenient, is a risky business to get into for Christmas, you never know if you’re going to get the gifts on time. Frame USA is all about life hacks (in case you don’t already know, check out part 1 & part 2 of our life hacks) so we’re going to make things extremely simple for you.

If you need Picture Frames or mats by Christmas, no matter where you are shipping them throughout the United States, your order needs to be placed by December 14th.

December is the only time where our standard 5-7 production time doesn’t apply. You will notice when you place your order and recieve the confirmation that it will say that it will arrive on or by Christmas Eve. We guarantee you with 100% certainty that you will receive your picture frame and mat orders on time if you order by the 14th.

If you would like to know the exact dates that we are shipping out orders, our full holiday shipping schedule can be viewed on our website here.

Since we have made your lives easier, we ask you to consider paying it forward this holiday season and making the life of someone else easier. How can you do this? Consider donating $1 to our charity initiative, Fill The Truck, when you place your orders this holiday season. That $1 will be going to 4 different charities that support those in need year round. $1 could buy you a plethora of items on a fast food restaurant’s dollar menu, but instead of spending it on that, give it to Fill The Truck so that we may help those that are in need!

Happy Shopping—May the odds be ever in your favor! (they will be when you shop with us!)