Operation Santa Paws Acrylic Donation Boxes and Sign Holders

puppy-kitten-santa-hats537223For a time that conjures images of relaxing with family and peaceful contemplation, the holiday season for many is extremely hectic and stressful. Aside from shopping and planning, the holidays are also typically busiest for animal rescue shelters.

Illustrating the need for adoptive forever homes and guardians, Operation Santa Paws is in force. Annually designated from December 1st through 24th, Operation Santa Paws aims to stock these shelters with critically needed food and supplies during the hustle-bustle of the holidays.

The Operation reports that approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters every year. Adoptions are generally near their highest during the holiday season as families treat themselves to a furry family addition. And those not adopting also tend to share generously in the spirit of the season by donating to shelters. Treats, blankets, food, toys…you can bet these items are welcome.

Acrylic Donation Box with Pet Flyer
Acrylic Donation Box


Of course, animal shelters also need hard cash to stay afloat. Making every dollar count begins with the right approach to donation appeal, and acrylic is doing its part. Acrylic Donation Boxes are filling fast in kennels and shelters across the country…solid, tough, durable models like those in the Plastic Products Mfg PMBSC styles. These attractive Donation Boxes offer secure locking options and Sign Holders to help draw the eye to a worthy cause.

Speaking of Sign Holders, another display is increasingly in demand at dog shelters. Special Acrylic Kennel Sign Holders are designed with premium thickness acrylic for such intensive wear-and-tear. Each dog’s vital information is clearly visible and pronounced with inserts easily loaded from the side. NPW Wall Mount Name Plate Holders also come with a double-sided “magic tape” for simpler mounting.

As Operation Santa Paws spreads its good work, note how much difference one person can make this holiday season. Justin Rudd originally put OSP together in 2001 for local shelters in Long Beach, California. In 2018, his philanthropic efforts are benefitting animals nationwide.


Acrylic Donation Boxes, Kennel Sign Holders, and their place in Shelter Dog Adoptions

autumn-wallpaper-with-a-dog-in-a-halloween-pumpkin-hd-dog-background-pictureDid you know that Americans own an estimated 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats? Approximately 44% of all households in the US have a dog, according to the American Pet Products Association, and 35% have a cat. Statistics also show that nearly 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year, split about 50/50 between cats and dogs.

We mention these numbers because October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month…and sadly, there’s another number: the 670,000 or so shelter dogs euthanized every year.

With a push to find “forever homes” as winter approaches, rescue shelters, kennels, and humane societies across the country are getting the word out that now’s the time to adopt. Most shelters also depend on volunteers and the financial generosity of the public.

There are two key tools in clear acrylic that can provide valuable assistance. Social media campaigns and outbound publicity helps potential adopters fall in love with potential canine companions. Once through the door, they need to identify that new friend and Wall Mount Name Plate Holders are in high demand as a result.

Special Acrylic Kennel Sign Holders deliver a clear display for each dog’s name, age, breed, gender, and other vital info. The NPW035020 Wall Mount Name Plate Holder features premium thickness acrylic to take the hard knocks of a busy shelter. The 3-1/2” wide x 2” high Name Plate is easy to side-load, shows doggy details clearly, and mounts easily with double-sided magic tape included.

Acrylic Donation Box with Pet Flyer
Acrylic Donation Box


For those all-important donations, acrylic clarity once again proves its value. Being Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month, October can be a significant time for fundraising. Whether they adopt or not, those who come for a look tend to be generous, caring individuals willing to donate. Acrylic Mini Donation Boxes invite such contributions. PMBSC7H includes a Sign Holder for personalization, as does its locking counterpart PMBSC7LH. Both are extremely tough, durable, and secure.

One more note about animal publicity…and one more number. 40% of dog owners reportedly learned about their pet through word-of-mouth. Sharing social media should only make that number higher in Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month!

Sign Holders, Donation Boxes, Selena, and Effective Fundraising for Charities

Sign Holders, Donation Boxes, Selena, and Effective Fundraising for Charities(1)In-store promotions working in conjunction with charities can produce a real win-win formula for worthy foundations AND brick-and-mortar environments. Just ask HEB, a San Antonio based grocery store chain that recently released a special edition Tote Bag with the likeness of Selena.

These special Tote Bags featuring the beloved singer were such a hit, lines stretched out the doors of several stores for the big release on a recent Friday morning. Combined with online sales, the bags sold out that afternoon.selena-tote-bag-tease-today-180306_1f6dc20a24f118d4789db7aef7fbc1c0

Even better, HEB had a partner in the venture: the Selena Foundation, a charitable organization that captures the giving nature of the woman herself. Selena Quintanilla-Perez was not just the “Queen of Tejano” music. Tragically murdered in 1995 at just 23 years old, she was also involved with several charities, from educating children and the D.A.R.E. organization to HIV/AIDS awareness. Above all, she was a major spokesperson for battered women.

The joint effort was a huge success for HEB and the Selena Foundation, an exclusive partnership. Proceeds from tote bag sales have been designated for the Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Bend, and HEB also donated $25,000 directly to the Selena Foundation.

If you’re involved with a charity or have an affiliation with worthy causes through your professional organization, the right marketing can add the spotlight for a successful outcome like HEB and the Selena Foundation realized.

When developing a campaign to draw customers and attract foot traffic, show them the way with specially designated Sign Holders and Acrylic Donation Boxes. Maximum visibility is the key and strategically placed crystal clear acrylic Sign Holders make an effective showcase for promotional literature.Acrylic Donation Box

Donation Boxes can be equally effective in premium thickness acrylic. Get the name out there with customized options and headers that read, for example, “All proceeds go to XYZ Charitable Organization.” The invitation to give is hard to resist!

By the way, did you know that April 16 is Selena Day in Texas? In 1995, then Governor George W. Bush made it official, declaring her “the essence of south Texas culture.”

How to maximize Donations with the right Donation Boxes

Style-PBS08H_InsertWhen it comes to fundraising, the line between success and failure just might be in a box…the Donation Box you choose for filling. Of course, you’ll have more than one involved and that means there are choices to make. Here are the factors to consider for your fundraising success.

Strategic location and the quantity of boxes you need for maximum visibility are probably the first areas for consideration. Start with your mapped out area, including local vendors and common areas throughout your communities where you’re partnered for display purposes. Determine foot traffic and how it relates to Donation Box visibility. Don’t overlook the finer details here…OR where each is located when it comes time to collect. Basic, right?

Clear Donation Box
Clear Donation Box

Next, how to draw the eye and encourage patron generosity. That’s where size, style, function, and customization make a real difference. You can take a closer look at dimensions in Small and Large Donation Boxes in our catalog and gauge the capacity you need per location accordingly. A 6-3/8” Wide Donation Box with a Lock (Style PBS02CS) may be ideal for heavily trafficked areas. Less traffic and smaller counter space? A clear 5-3/8” Coin Box (Style PMBSC5H) could be a better fit. Mixing and matching gives you added flexibility.

When acrylic Donation Boxes begin to fill, there’s a natural inclination for others to contribute. But sometimes security has to take precedence. Alternatives like Smoked Acrylic help keep Donation Box contents relatively concealed in areas where theft is most likely to occur…yet the smoky aesthetic appeal helps keep its attractive allure. Think of it as style meeting function: appealing to the eye yet secure, especially Style PBS03CS. This 6-1/4” Donation Box has a bottom lock that stays out of sight and adds to the security of your campaign.

And this leads us to perhaps the most important attraction of your fundraiser: the name, mission, and goal of your cause itself. A hand-written tag and a piece of tape just doesn’t get it. A polished, customized look tells donors they’re giving to a valid, bona fide organization…one where they can feel good knowing that their money’s going where you say it will. Our past work with reputable charitable organizations like Goodwill, the American Heart Association, and the United Way is a prime example.

Smoked Acrylic Donation Boxes
Smoked Acrylic Donation Box

Incorporating your name, logo, and/or slogan with customized acrylic Donation Boxes goes hand-in-hand with success, as has been the case for years with those groups just mentioned. Screen printing directly from your e-file can be applied to Donation Box Headers that stand above the coin box area. Again, you can get a better idea of dimensions with a quick look. Style PMBSC7H exemplifies a Donation Box with Postcard Header approach and space for 6” x 4” worth of graphics. Or go tall and narrow with a Suggestion Box style and a Header (PBS07H) that gives more of an obelisk appearance. There are several options and the boost to your fundraising appeal will definitely pay off!

If you’re organizing a shorter term or limited time campaign, PPM can help guide you to the right section of Donation Boxes. Taking a charity event on the road? Sturdy acrylic Donation Box styles are geared for mobility. And if you’re more interested in gathering feedback than dollars? Yes, the reliable Donation Box gives you an economical alternative as a Suggestion Box. The results are in!

‘Tis the Season to fill Acrylic Donation Boxes and Suggestion Boxes

Toys for Tots Comment Box
Toys for Tots Comment Box

The Holiday Season tends to bring out the more charitable qualities in people…a perfect time to help capture their contributions and show their generosity in the best light possible. Of course, Americans have a reputation for their giving nature year round according to statistics from the National Philanthropic Trust, showing that charitable donations last year alone reached over $335 billion. Interestingly, 72% of that total came strictly from individual donations. But it’s during the holidays and into a promising New Year when those one-on-one contributions are magnified, and Plastic Products Mfg (PPM) has an exemplary line-up of Acrylic Donation Boxes to help worthy causes of all sorts looking for a boost during this giving time of year.

Acrylic Donation Box PMBSC7LH
Acrylic Donation Box PMBSC7LH

Clear Coin Boxes and Large Acrylic Donation Boxes have played a prominent part in fundraising activities for decades. Today, hundreds of thousands of dollars a year are raised through Donation Box contributions at national parks from the Great Smoky Mountains to Hawaii’s U.S.S Arizona Memorial. It’s also true that charity begins at home and you likely see PPM Donation Box styles where you shop locally. From Mini Coin Boxes at neighborhood pharmacies to 5” Wide Donation Boxes with Headers at corner markets, there are many design and style options that all deliver grass roots success.

Another key factor in successful campaigns using Acrylic Donation Boxes? Customization options make a memorable impression that helps seal a bond with potential donors. This form of “brand recognition” gives people a visual aid to identify with and encourage contributions. For example, we custom imprinted the Toys for Tots logo on a Smoked Acrylic Donation Box, making a clear connection with the public by showing a credible, recognizable name and logo. Consider custom imprinting for your Suggestion Box and Donation Box campaigns…the results can be significant towards your ROI.

Acrylic Donation Box PBS02CS
Acrylic Donation Box PBS02CS

From thrift shops to co-ops and boutique stores to retail centers, foot traffic is at its peak now. PPM’s versatile range of Acrylic Donation Boxes gives you value-added options in promotional areas as well as security. You can add text, graphics, and color to Donation Boxes with a 6” x 4” Postcard Header. If box locations aren’t always secure or easily monitored, you can always get a Donation Box with a lock mechanism to complement the tough acrylic thickness. Some PPM “Box and Lock” styles utilize a top-locking mechanism but be sure to note Large Donation Box styles where the mechanism is hidden from sight underneath…particularly on the aesthetically appealing Smoke Acrylic boxes.

At a full 6-1/2” wide x 8-1/8” high x 6-1/4” deep, PPM’s Smoked Acrylic Comment and Coin Box delivers excellent storage capacity and a unique look that also protects its contents. Where clear acrylic offers a transparent view and invites even more community support the more it fills, Smoked Acrylic Donation Boxes offer the same allure by sheer design and good looks. Yet the interior remains more obscured, serving as a form of theft deterrent in higher risk locations…another reason why a hidden bottom locking mechanism serves a valuable function.

Food pantries, church organizations, volunteer fire departments, little league baseball…the potential to make a difference applies to practically any worthwhile organization, charity, and non-profit. But applications for Large Acrylic Donation Boxes extend beyond coins and bills. Businesses and government agencies also rely on PPM Suggestion Boxes to perform a very valuable function: collecting feedback. As you make operational resolutions for the new year ahead, now’s a perfect time to reflect on the past year and get input from your staff and/or customers to see where improvements might be needed. Everyone likes to be heard and displaying a nice-size 11” Wide Suggestion Box will definitely encourage opinions en masse. Acrylic Suggestion Boxes can complement your current POP Display in retail settings, entrance/exit areas at local government buildings with heavy foot traffic, and in the office where the next great business idea could just end up inside!

Extra Large Acrylic Donation Box PBS08H
Extra Large Acrylic Donation Box PBS08H

Take a closer look at PPM Acrylic Donation Boxes and Suggestion Boxes in our online catalog at www.plasticproductsmfg.com. Now’s the perfect time to fill ‘em up!