Above photo: A Virginia National Guard guardsman helps load a shipment of 50,000 Hanes face masks to be distributed in Henrico County, Virginia, over the Memorial Day weekend.

HanesBrands collaborated with the Virginia National Guard over Memorial Day weekend to distribute face masks to those in need in Henrico County, Virginia. Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based HanesBrands, which participates in the promotional products industry as suppliers Hanes/Champion/ComfortWash and Alternative Apparel, provided 50,000 face masks to the Virginia National Guard’s care package program. Hundreds of volunteers assisted the county and the Virginia National Guard assemble care packages containing washable and reusable three-ply all-cotton Hanes face masks.


The Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF) co‐sponsored an event to honor emergency medical professionals during EMS Week, May 18‐22. It did so in recognition of the many front-line workers who have sacrificed time with their families and risked their health to serve their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In partnership with Journey Creatively and Pirate-Ice & Frozen Treats, PPAF held an ice cream and snow cone party for the more than 150 staff at MedFleet Ambulance in New Port Richey, Florida. Although PPAF couldn’t personally thank each staff member, since some were out on calls or serving on teams to help combat COVID‐19, the regional association, it acknowledged the group’s appreciation with promotional stickers on each ice cream bar.

Jenny Taylor, PPAF’s executive director, says, “Our board believes it was absolutely necessary to give back to those who have been working so diligently these past months while many of us stayed home. We were pleased to partner with Journey Creatively to host the event.”


Distributor Jack Nadel International, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, recently brought its staff together virtually with
Nadel U <remote>, a two-week online event with classes, partner presentations and award presentations.

The distributor’s annual JNI Awards were announced throughout the event, and to give the virtual event a human element, Craig Nadel, Craig Reese and Debbie Abergel visited each winner at home to hand-deliver their award.  

The JNI Awards included several honors recognizing staff accomplishments including Employee of the Year, Branding Account Coordinator of the Year, Rookie of the Year, the Marty Nadel Award (presented to Josh Ebrahemi, pictured above) and more.

The awards also recognized JNI’s supplier partners, honoring Partner of the Year (presented to CJ Schmidt of Hit Promotional Products, pictured above), Inside and Outside Sales Reps of the Year and Creative Supplier of the Year, among others.


James Khattak is news editor of PPB.