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“The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.

We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet, Dr. King knew that it wasn’t enough just to talk the talk, that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible. And so we commemorate on this holiday the man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day, the man who braved threats and jail and beatings and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans.

The King Holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality.

On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America.” (Further reading)

See Also: MLK Day

Your SuperBowl Destination

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With Superbowl closely approaching, it’s time to get all the items you need this season!

Want to keep your cold one cold but your hand not so much? Try our Collapsible Bottle Sleeve (MSA20) and Premium Collapsible Can Insulator (MSA21). Our Bottle sleeve fits most types of 12 oz long neck bottles. The Can Insulator fits most 12 oz cans. Both fold flat for pocket or purse storage. They’re perfect for all your events!

Need a football? Try our Large Football. It’s made of PU foam so it’s not as hard as a regular football and it comes in four vibrant colors. Great for a little pre-game (or after game) fun!

Who needs a beer bottle or can when you can have a 14oz Plastic Stein?! This classic stein has a grand tradition of bringing people together. Why not send them home with something to remember?

Random Facts:

Did you know the last five Super Bowls were the most watched US telecasts in history (prior to that was M*A*S*H’s season finale in 1983 with over 106 million views!)? A 30 second ad costs $4.5 million! No wonder they’re so over the top and funny! Next to the Fourth of July, more beer is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day, and 1.23 billion chicken wings are consumed!

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“January is National Thank You Month, the perfect opportunity to pause and express your gratitude. While an email or text message is nice and a phone call is fine, nothing conveys heartfelt thanks or leaves a lasting impression better than a handwritten note.”

Start your year off by writing some “Thank You” notes to fellow colleagues, friends, and family by following these great steps:

1. Keep it short and simple.

A thank-you note doesn’t have to be long, it just has to say thank you. The average thank-you note contains 4-5 lines.

2. Write by hand.

Don’t worry if you think your handwriting is illegible. Your handwriting will hold allure for the reader because it is an extension of yourself.

3. Start with a salutation.

Begin by writing, “Dear Paul, or Hello Paul.” This makes it more personal than just launching into the note.

4. Express your gratitude.

Be specific by mentioning the gift or the good deed. Instead of saying, “Thank you for the pottery.” Try, “Thank you for the handmade ceramic bowl from New Mexico.”

5. Mention how you plan to use the gift or how much the kind gesture means to you.

For example, “The bowl goes perfect with my décor and I plan to proudly display it on my coffee table.” If someone does something special for you, you can say something like, “Thank you for the beautiful flowers and for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit me in the hospital.”

6. Reiterate your gratitude.

Close your letter by saying, “Thank you again for your generous and thoughtful gift.”

7. Send it promptly.

It’s best to send your thank-you note within 24-48 hours after an event or after receiving a gift. If more time passes or you simply forget to write a note, send the note as soon as you remember. After all, it’s better to send it late than never.”

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