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Fragile X Syndrome

National Fragile X Foundation – February 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order places on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. For February 2019, the charity is the National Fragile X Foundation.

National Fragile X Foundation

Fragile X Syndrome is “a genetic condition that causes intellectual disability, behavioral and learning challenges, and various physical characteristics.” There are several types of Fragile X conditions that range in severity and symptoms. These conditions are the most common known genetic cause of intellectual disabilities.

The National Fragile X Foundation focuses on promoting awareness and research for treatments for this condition. They have programs to encourage advocacy for this disorder, including their Sibling & Self-Advocate Program. This program allows children with Fragile X Syndrome and their siblings to connect with others and build relationships. For adults and parents affected by Fragile X, they offer a large community support network with numerous ways to get involved.

Fragile X Syndrome

The National Fragile X Foundation runs Fragile X clinics throughout the USA. These clinics offer comprehensive evaluations and recommended treatments. They also offer, or can refer you to, genetic counseling, behavior therapy, speech therapy, and more. These clinics work with other institutions to improve research and understandings of Fragile X Syndrome. The treatment guidelines for Fragile X disorders can be found on their website here.

If you’d like to help the National Fragile X Foundation, you can do so by placing an order on frameusa.com during February. You can also become a leadership partner or sign up to give them a monthly donation on their website here.

Photography and Folk Art on Etsy

Frame USA wants to encourage everyone to shop small this holiday season! We’re featuring Etsy shops to help support small businesses. This list features shops selling photography and folk art.

Photography

Ice-Bell Photography

Ice-Bell Photography sells photography prints. Images in her store are landscape and wildlife from around Missouri and Arkansas. Support an artist by shopping small this holiday season!

Visit her shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/IceBellPhotography

Images by Mary Anne

Images by Mary Anne is an amateur, self-taught photographer from NJ and who sells photos from home as well as her travels. She also takes local, custom requests.

Visit her shop here to support small businesses https://www.etsy.com/shop/ImagesByMaryAnne

Lake Tahoe Photo

LakeTahoePhoto sells calendars, greeting cards, and art prints of photographs from Lake Tahoe.

Visit their shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/laketahoephoto

Folk Art

KRAM Gifts&Crafts

KRAM – gifts&crafts shop creates Polish handicraft made in the USA. They make reverse glass paintings and frame them with Frame USA frames!

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KRAMgiftsANDcrafts

Sharon Boody-Dean

Sharon Boody-Dean creates original and unique one-of-a-kind nature art on Birch bark framed in Frame USA rustic frames, along with Birch jewelry.

Visit her shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/sharonboody

Willowbrook Creations

Willowbrook Creations shop creates quilled art pieces. Quilling dates back to the thirteenth century and utilizes small strips of paper in order to create art. These would make lovely home decor, and their framed pieces use Frame USA frames!

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WillowbrookCreations

Charity of the Month Frame USA

June Charity of the Month: The Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

Frame USA is dedicated to helping those in need.

Every month, we support a different local or national charity by donating money, time, and other resources. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible and to offer our assistance to those who need it the most.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

Charity of the month

The charity we have chosen for June 2018 is the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, also known as SPAN.

SPAN is a human rights organization committed to ending violence, and is based in Boulder, Colorado. They are a community organization working for advocacy and education. SPAN offers services and counseling for adults, youth, and children because they know that people of all ages need support.

They run an emergency shelter for individuals and families who need a safe place to stay. In their March 2018 newsletter, SPAN published this story about Becca, a mother living in their shelter:

“Becca is in shelter with us, she has three children in elementary school. Becca’s oldest child does not qualify for transportation from the school district because the school is less than two miles from our shelter and the child is seen as old enough to walk. However, Becca does not feel safe allowing the child to walk alone because of the family violence they are currently experiencing. For this reason she makes the walk — 1.9 miles — twice daily with her older child and coordinates this with the pick-up/ drop off schedules for her two other children. The total walking trips to bus stops and schools takes about 75 minutes each morning and afternoon.
This leaves Becca only a few hours a day to work on the things she hopes to accomplish while in shelter such as, finding permanent housing, connecting with legal support, getting to doctor’s appointments etc.”

Written by Roshan Kalantar

Other resources SPAN provides include support for LGBTQ folks, legal advocacy, Latinx services, and support for immigrants. To learn more, visit their website here.

We are incredibly proud to be working with SPAN this month, and hope to provide them with a substantial amount of donations. To help us out, be sure to donate during the checkout process at frameusa.com!

SPAN Charity

 

Memorial Day Sale Online

Memorial Day Sale 2018 – 13% Off Online Celebration

Monday, May 28th is Memorial Day and we want to celebrate with savings for our customers!

Memorial Day Sale Online

Memorial Day is an American national holiday for the remembrance of soldiers who have lost their lives serving in the United States military. To learn more about the history and significance of Memorial Day, consider reading our blog post from last year which can be found here.

Despite Memorial Day’s somber meaning, it has more recently become a day of not only honoring our fallen soldiers, but celebrating the freedom we have because of them. Many cities have annual parades with veterans’ groups, marching bands, and floats. Some of the biggest Memorial Day parades happen in Chicago, New York City, and Washington D.C.

Memorial Day Memorial Day Celebration

Here at Frame USA we want to honor this all-American holiday by offering you a sale on our all-American products! We’re dedicated to making our merchandise in our own facility here in Cincinnati, Ohio. This not only means that we have the highest quality products, but that we’re always creating more jobs for Americans.

Now through Memorial Day, Frameusa.com and our sister companies Posterservice Inc., Mat Designers, and Frame Closeouts have a discount for 13% off your whole order when you use coupon code “memorial2018”. This major Memorial Day sale means 13% off posters, poster frames, art frames in a wide selection of colors, sizes, and materials, custom frames, and mats!

 

American Flag State Flag Poster   8x10 Metal Frame Poster Frame Sale

 

New Large Format Printer Means Double the Productivity!

The Frame USA print production team has gotten a major upgrade! With our new canvas art prints available on amazon.com we needed to improve and increase our technology in order to give our customers the best product and the fastest service.

Canvas Printers

On the right in the photo above is our Roland Soljet EJ-640 printer.  Until last week, the Roland was working hard on it’s own to print all of our artwork orders. But as you can see, it’s now accompanied by the Epson SureColor S60600, allowing us to print two rolls of artwork at once!

New Printer

Our new Epson printer has easier maintenance and a faster printing speed. This means very little trouble shooting and lots of printing being done! Since our art prints are printed in our facilities in Cincinnati, OH, this allows our employees to efficiently make, package, and ship all of our orders. We are dedicated to keeping our products made in the USA and creating more jobs for Americans!

Be sure to check out our amazon store here for a large selection of beautiful art prints and photography ready to hang in your home.

business picture frames

Made in America: The Importance of Shopping “Made in USA”

Made in the USA
Frame USA was also featured on Diane Sawyer’s “Made in America”

Most of you are familiar with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer who began a “Made in America” pledge last year by claiming that if every American spent $3.33 on U.S.-made goods, it would create almost 10,000 new jobs in the country. She urged viewers to pledge to take a look at their yearly purchases and increase the percentage of goods purchased that are made in America.

With the American economy stagnating and unemployment rates ranging in the 8% level, now is the time for all of us to think about what we can do to help. According to Roger Simmermaker, author of “How Americans Can Buy American”, it is a fallacy that most U.S. made products cost more. Sometimes it just takes more research to see what other brands are out there and which retailers are selling them.

Last week my wife and I spent a week rehabbing a unit we own in South Carolina. We were on a tight time schedule (we had one week to finish an entire unit) and had to work fast. When we looked at furniture we didn’t see a lot of American Made Products—in fact most were foreign.  You can’t buy everything American all the time. But what you can do is slide your scale more in favor of buying American. If a consumer achieves even a 50% level of buying American-made products, they would be doing a great service to the Country and all those looking for jobs.

If you boosted the amount of American Made Products that you were buying this year how many jobs would it create in America? Imagine if 335 million people did this……

Get your children involved in this adventure.   It is our job to teach our kids to buy affordable, high quality American made products that are both appealing and safe. Children must learn from a young age the importance that supporting ourselves has on our economy, and really their future. With only one out of every two College graduates finding a job it is time we tried a different approach.

Now… on to selfless promotion and Frameusa.com. Virtually every product in our catalog is made 100% in America. We are legit.   I don’t want to say that someone hasn’t ever snuck us in a product made overseas that we have bought, but for the most part our frames are genuinely American. And better than that, we offer our products at “real” wholesale prices to customers.   We will shop our picture frame prices against any foreign competitor today!

Buy something that is made in the USA and you will be proud of it.   Even better – it may come to you quicker, in whatever quantity you want and probably at a fraction of the cost!

Daniel P. Regenold, CEO
Frame USA, Inc.