Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Holiday Mail For Heroes!

Hello everyone!

In my last post, I mentioned that I would be teaming up on the Holiday Mail for Heroes with Berkeley College, and I stuck to my word! I have to announce that from the generous support of my friends, family, and co-workers, I was able to collect 104 Holiday cards to send to the troops this holiday season! As soon as I found out about this project, I knew a lot of my friends & family would be more than happy to help out.

We all either know someone or have a family member currently serving our country. Many of these individuals don't get to come home for the holidays, which is why it's so important to make them feel special and honored during the holiday season. I mentioned this project at work a few weeks ago and everyone was excited to become involved. I'm going to share this information in an upcoming newsletter at work as well that goes out to our customers. Lately, I've been doing a lot of charity work with my job. In October we honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In November, we honored the Hurricane Sandy victims, and now we can expand our charity work by sharing our Holiday mail for the heroes involvement.

Not only do all these projects make us feel good about ourselves, it shows our customers and the community that we are dedicated to changing lives and making generous donations to those in need and those, much like the service members, who are unable to make it home to their families for the holidays.

Being that I'm Miss Marketing & creativity over here, I took the initiative to make my own holiday cards. Give me a pair of scissors, colorful paper, and all other artsy products and I will let my imagination run wild. You can see my progress below, as I was sure to snap many photos during this project. I also bought a box of cards and had members of my family sign them as well.

I know that if I were a service member, I would love getting these holiday cards in the mail. It makes me smile knowing that in a few weeks, these cards will be received and a smile will be returned on their end. I made sure in every card to thank them for their service & that I wish for them to get home safely & soon!

Below, check out a slideshow of my photos from my Holiday Mail for Heroes journey...(make sure you turn your volume on too for some holiday music!)

Thank you everyone who became involved in this project this holiday season! Myself and the service members appreciate it!

Also, how many of you saw snow yesterday? It snowed in my area ALL DAY and getting
out of my town was ridiculous. No one believed me when I said it was bad up by me....but I have the proof! Luckily the ride home was much better after work! Hope everyone enjoyed it, as it was very beautiful. West Milford even made the news for getting 6 inches of snow...which was suppose to only be 1-3 inches! I don't know weatherman....LOL

Please, feel free to leave your feedback on my Holiday Mail for Heroes involvement & Happy Holidays to all!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Join Us This Holiday Season: Holiday Mail for Heroes

The holidays are rapidly approaching and we have so much to appreciate and give thanks for! Many of us have family and/or friends who are members in the service and while we give our thanks to them every day, we want to brighten up their holiday season a little bit more. These men and women are actively serving our country and will not be able to make it home for the holidays with their families. Everyone deserves to have some holiday cheer in their life, which is why Berkeley College will be participating in an event called “Holiday Mail for Heroes!” We can’t do this alone, so won’t you help us this holiday season and bring joy to our dedicated men and women all over the world?

I came across this event from a post on our “Berkeley Cares” Facebook page and I knew right away I wanted to help out, so I reached out to Nicole Tumbull, the coordinator of student development and campus life, and asked how to become involved! There is still time, so let me tell you all about it!

From now until November 29th, Berkeley College will be collecting holiday cards for the troops! You should visit your student center on campus, in which you will find collection boxes for these cards. There are a few guidelines for the cards, so please be sure to read them very carefully and please follow them accordingly. To make it a little easier for you, please see the guidelines listed below (you may also find more information at:

Card Guidelines:

•Ensure that all cards are signed.

•Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.

•Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.

•Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.

•Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.

•Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.

•If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

Tis’ the season to make a difference and brighten up someone’s day…so won’t you join me and the rest of the Berkeley College family to create & send cards to our everyday heroes? You can even include your friends & family outside of school so everyone becomes involved.

Questions? Feel free to contact us:

If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about how you can become involved, please feel free to email myself at or you can reach out to Nicole Turnbull at

Let’s all come together to brighten up our heroes holiday season!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

And there was light!

My oh my, it's been one heck of a journey these past 2 weeks. I finally got my power back late Monday night & I've never been so happy! I know many of you are still in the dark & my heart truly does go out to all of you. I feel very fortunate that the only thing I lost was power for a week. Those of you who lost everything, please know I will be personally making donations to help restore and rebuild our communities.

Mother nature certainly has it out for us...Driving home tonight was quite a journey as we are now dealing with this snowfall. Took me well over an hour and a half to get home, from a commute that is only suppose to take a half hour. Thankfully, I am home safe & don't plan on going anywhere else for the night!

Since my last post, I've been busy at work as we are preparing for a big electronics trade show called Electronica, which takes place in Munich, Germany. Unfortunately, I do not get to go, but I have been heavily involved in marketing it to our customers and setting up appointments for companies to meet up with us to discuss future business opportunities with one another! I'll be sure to have the individuals going to take lots of pictures that I can share with all of you!

Due to the weather last week, my job was without power until Friday morning. Our big boss from the United Kingdom was visiting and we figured he brought the bad weather over with him, so it was ironic that once he boarded his plane to head back home, that our power at the office came back. Being out of work for 4 days last week was really tough because as I said, the electronics trade show is coming up and we still had lots of preparations to make. Catching up is always the hardest, especially with a million things going on at once, but I am managing. I was able to send out over 40+ emails confirming appointments for our Germany visit, so luckily that has been going smoothly. Aside from confirming, I need to make sure everything is photocopied and organized to be sent over. Once the sales people head over, that is it! Of course I'll be over here on the US side in the event they need something, but I feel confident that we are ready to rock and roll.

Since I wasn't able to meet with our big boss from the United Kingdom, I wasn't able to share all of my marketing over the past couple of months. I've now been on board with my job as head of marketing for 8 months! 8 months!! I still can't believe it. You work hard, and while it certainly pays off, the time just flies by WAY too fast. Being able to look back on my marketing 8 months ago till now, I can already see a mass amount of improvements. Each month I find something new I can do and it's a great feeling.

Our promotion last month was in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. For every order placed with us during the month of October, we would make a donation in the customers name on behalf of Breast Cancer Awareness month. So far we are donating over $2,000 to the Susan G. Komen society. Below is a team photo we took with our pink t-shirts in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

My next project at work is going to be targeted around the current devastation from Hurricane Sandy. As a way of giving back to the community, I decided to involve my company in making donations and a difference for those who lost everything from Hurricane Sandy. We all need to be in this together and help restore/rebuild all of our communities. Much like my Breast Cancer promotion, we are going to donate a percentage to the American Red Cross in honor of the Hurricane Sandy victims.

We feel very strongly about our community involvement and also our involvement with global charities. It's so rewarding to hear back from customers that what we are doing is really sweet and touches their hearts. We are also giving them the opportunity to help us out in our efforts and in return, rewards us as well.

I really wish you all the best and if you are still without power, please know there are many of us out here, willing to make donations and help everyone in need as soon as we can. We will come back stronger than ever, but we all need to take one step at a time!

As my promotion gets underway, I will certainly be sharing the results! If you have ways you are getting involved in the community, please share them with me! I would love to hear how you are making a difference!