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Aurora World Announces Partnership with Support Our Troops

Special Edition Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy will Generate $1 of Each Purchase for a Good Cause

Aurora World, a global leader in plush toys and high-quality gift products, today announced a partnership with Support Our Troops®, an organization that annually provides millions of dollars’ worth of care goods and services to American service members and their families at hundreds of locations around the globe.

To help support this mission, Aurora World is launching a special edition Support Our Troops version of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. One dollar from every purchase of the Support Our Troops® Raggedy Ann and Andy will go to the organization.

An original Aurora World design, the 16-inch dolls are dressed in sailor hats embroidered with their names and sailor shirts featuring “Support Our Troops” along with a heart-shaped flag with a yellow ribbon. Hang tags will show the Support Our Troops logo and highlight the $1 donation.

This venture marks the first time that a Raggedy Ann or Raggedy Andy was created to directly support a cause and the first time that Aurora World is donating money directly from purchase to a partner charity.

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Kalan LP Accepts Orders, Assumes Sales and Marketing Operations, for National Design

Kalan’s Andrew Kalan and Gold Star’s Howard Cubberly.

As of October, Kalan LP has assumed the sales and marketing operations and began accepting orders for National Design™.

For the past 30 years, National Design has been an industry-leading supplier of stationery, writing instruments, accessories and drinkware to the nation’s premier souvenir and gift retailers. After careful consideration, National Pen, the company’s parent, made the strategic decision to transition the sales, marketing and packaging operations of National Design’s custom souvenir business to Kalan LP.

Kalan LP will fulfill packaged products from an additional FOB location in Lansdowne, Pa. Orders not requiring packaging may continue to ship from the National Design facilities in Shelbyville, Tenn., or San Diego, Calif.

National Design and Kalan, LP staff members in the Kalan booth.

Doug, Andrew, Howard and Bonnie.

Andrew Kalan of Kalan LP and Bonnie Shimrat of National Design were photographed with the Partnership/Friendship Award.

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