Like most of you, I’ve been closely following all of the Hurricane Sandy coverage and my heart goes out to everyone affected by the storm. I know many of you are counting your blessings—having sustained little or no damage—but, that isn’t the case for everyone. Fortunately, PPAI and the Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation (PPDRF) Business Recovery Fund are here to do all we can for PPAI members and nonmembers.
Industry companies that sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy and need assistance to get back to business can get help from the PPDRF Business Recovery Fund. The fund can help replace lost equipment and supplies such as computers, cell phones, office supplies, promotional products catalogs and samples, provide a work area, or give other assistance as needed to get a business up and running as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, we encourage you to contact us at BRF@ppai.org or 888-I-AM-PPAI (426-7724) for assistance with specific needs to re-start a business, or to report a business outage.
Your generous contributions have helped make the Business Recovery Fund available to assist our fellow promotional products associates in their time of need. Now we ask for you to continue your support by making a donation to the Business Recovery Fund online or mailing it to the Promotional Products Business Recovery Foundation, c/o PPAI RAC, 3125 Skyway Circle North, Irving, Texas 75038. This fund is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions will be tax deductible.
You can also send donation proposals for goods, materials and services essential to operating and managing a distributor sales office or supplier manufacturing facility to BRF@ppai.org.
As a native New Yorker, I can tell you that Hurricane Sandy doesn’t stand a chance against the folks in New York, New Jersey and all of the other areas hit so hard by the storm. I have no doubt that the East Coast will be back to business soon—bigger and better than ever.
For everyone affected by Sandy, I wish you a safe and speedy recovery. For everyone who has donated to the recovery fund, I thank you for your support.
I hope everyone has a terrific fourth quarter and please let PPAI know if there is anything we can do to help you grow your business.
Paul Bellantone, CAE
President & CEO