Donating Face Masks & Advocating for a Sustainable Future

5 Nov

Written by: Rachel Rosenberg, Social Media and PR Manager

As one of the top professional party printers in the event industry, we must always remain aware of and act quickly to offset carbon footprint For Your Party may be leaving. We are forever devoted to creating memories through customized party accessories, and we must ensure that our future generations have a world that allows them to keep celebrating. One thing this year has made us aware of is just how important it is to reach out to those who may be in need and see what you can do to help. Remember: no act of kindness is too small and no donation to our fellow man is ever wasted.

Our usage of paper throughout our clients’ most important days (weddings, birthdays, bridal showers, baby showers, anniversaries, corporate functions and more), is not something we take lightly. In early 2019, For Your Party joined forces with one of the leading organizations that focuses on reforestation efforts all over the nation. Created in 2014, One Tree Planted, is an admirable non-profit organization focusing on environmental charity by planting trees across the world. Their objective is simple: for every dollar donated, one tree is planted. We were compelled to offer our hand in helping to make it simple for individuals and companies (like ours!) to give back to the world, help fight climate change, protect biodiversity in nature, and expand on reforestation efforts all around the world. Our pledge since joining has been to plant 250 trees every month, with our customers encouraged to “Add a Tree” to their carts for their own opportunity to be a positive vessel for environmental change. This small, $1.00 donation will plant a tree in your honor and forever cement you as a person who saw a problem and took the initiative to become an active part of the solution.

For additional information on how you can help rescue and prevent further damage to our environment, please visit the One Tree Planted site or contact their Chief Environmental Strategist, Matt Hill.

For Your Party’s next opportunity to exercise our social responsibility ushered in the moment that we introduced our very own health and wellness line of customizable hygienic accessories. In adding disposable face masks, 1oz and 2oz bottles of hand sanitizer, and individual hand sanitizer wipes, and social distancing floor decals and table signs to our repertoire, FYP has reinvented the “traditional wedding” for today’s couples. Creating safe solutions for our couples and clients in order to celebrate their big days, rather than continually postponing or cancelling them all together, became a top priority for our entire team. As masks became mandated state by state, the parties that put their guests in personalized coverings skyrocketed, filling our office and warehouse with hundreds of thousands of sample prints created for each mask order placed. As all of our custom masks have their own phrase, names, dates, etc., these extra masks are not exactly prime to sell, but they are picture perfect for donating!

Leaving these masks to collect dust was never an option, so this female-led, small Chicago business set out to provide our top-quality disposable face masks to charitable organizations within the community. Our Windy City is a big one, and with so many without the resources to have a mask to protect themselves each day, there is absolutely no shortage of deserving causes that could use our help. As we know, COVID-19 does not discriminate; it affects us all and each of us need to do our best to protect ourselves and others. So, we began to reach out and see who could use our excess disposable masks. The result? As of late November, we’ve already provided over 15,410 3-layer, disposable face masks to different Chicago nonprofit organizations. As this program picks up speed, we're finding the need for donated masks in cities all over America, allowing For Your Party to extend a helping hand and go past our state lines. 

Why give back to our communities? These are local people who have been operating organizations that serve our citizens who are in need of a hand-up, guidance, shelter, education and protection. Our appreciation for what they do not only in the face of a pandemic, but every single day, is unmatched by any donation, but each one of the below organizations are receiving donations to put our extra masks to fabulous use. What’s more? You can rest assured that for every face mask order that is placed, we are able to donate a mask to another wonderful team.

As long as COVID sticks around and our need for protective masks remains, For Your Party looks forward to adding many more charitable organizations to our list of partners. If you are a member or know of a nonprofit that you believe could use a donation of masks, please reach out to Manager of PR and Social Media, Rachel Rosenberg.

Charities Donated to So Far