Articles written by Tina Williamson
Articles written by
Tina Williamson

Carrot-Top’s Food Donations Help Feed Those In Need

It has been a hard year for so many in our community. One way Carrot-Top Industries decided to help our neighbors was through a simple food donation. During the month of July, we collected canned and non-perishable food in our breakroom collection boxes. Our goal was to collect at least 100 cans. We exceeded our goal with a total of 301 food items which was donated to Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM) in Hillsborough. Our donations will stay local to help our neighbors across our community.

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Retire Your U.S. Flag Properly With Our Stars & Stripes Swap Program

In January 2021, Carrot-Top Industries created a new Stars & Stripes Swap Program to assist our customers with properly retiring their old, worn and tattered American flags in a dignified way when they are purchasing new flags. It is important to our company that no disrespect be shown to the flag of the United States of America even when it is ready to be disposed of. We believe being respectful to the U.S. flag at all times according to the Flag Code and Flag Etiquette, and we encourage our customers to do the same.

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Announcing Our Spring 2021 Beacon® Scholarship For Rural America Winner

Emma Kitchin, of Newland, N.C., is the recipient of the Spring 2021 Beacon® Scholarship for Rural America, a scholarship that was introduced by Carrot-Top Industries in 2018. We received applications from states across the country, including New Jersey, Tennessee, Michigan, Arizona and California. Kitchin is a shining example of community patriotism that continues to thrive in rural towns today.

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Most Common Questions Asked By Our Customers

Our team of Customer Care Professionals takes pride in providing exceptional service to all of our customers. We realize there is more to good customer service than just skill and expertise. We strive to get to know each of you, so we can find the best solutions for your patriotic and customized product needs. With over 70 years of total experience in our Customer Care Center, our knowledge and training allow us to help you find the perfect products for your unique needs. Over the years, we have answered many questions, but there are some questions that come up time and time again. Here are the most common questions asked by our customers:

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U.S. State Flag Quiz: How Much Do You Know About State Flag Designs?

How much do you know about the flag design for each state in America? Test your knowledge with a 15 question quiz or use our State Flags page to help you out. Click on the image below to start the quiz.

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Spreading Holiday Cheer To Our Service Members And Veterans

As part of our Carrot-Top Cares program, we are always looking for ways to help service members and veterans across America throughout the year. For the holidays, Carrot-Top Industries’ employees unanimously agreed to work with Soldiers’ Angels through donations to their Holiday Stockings for Heroes program.

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The New Mississippi Flag Design Is Approved. Pre-Order Your Flag Today!

The state of Mississippi voted in “The New Magnolia” flag design on November 3, 2020, and the new Mississippi flag is available to pre-order today. The new flag will replace the old flag design which was in use for 126 years and had the Confederate battle emblem on it. The new Mississippi flag was designed by Rocky Vaughan, with design support provided by Sue Anna Joe, Kara Giles and Dominique Pugh. "The New Magnolia" flag is anchored in the center field by a clean and modern magnolia blossom, a symbol long-used to represent Mississippi and the hospitality of its citizens. The magnolia represents Mississippi’s sense of hope and rebirth, as it often blooms more than once and has a long blooming season. The new design is sleek and updated to represent the forward progression of Mississippi.

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National Fire Prevention Week: Fire Safety Awareness And Burning Restrictions

Updated October 2020 from original October 2018 blog.

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The History Of Veterans Day And Our Veterans

Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans every November 11. The day, originally known as Armistice Day, was first observed in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to observe the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I. Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954, with President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s approval, after U.S. veteran organizations requested the name change.

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Election Day Social Distancing And Traffic Control Needs

Election Day will be challenging with new social distancing and sanitary requirements to keep voters and poll workers healthy. Even though more voters than ever will choose to use mail-in voting, poll sites will still need to be prepared for in-person voting. We offer a variety of products to encourage safety, cleanliness and crowd control in busy polling locations. We are here to help Election Day run smoothly in your community on November 3. Here are a few solutions we can offer you:

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Patriot Day: First Responders Share Their 9/11 Memories

Patriot Day commemorates the 2,977 lives lost on September 11, 2001, after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and those who died on the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. 9/11 was the deadliest terrorist attack in world history. Most of those who died were civilians, and more than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks. An additional 6,000+ individuals were injured during the attacks. This day also recognizes the first responders who lost their lives while trying to rescue civilians trapped in the destruction. 412 first responders did not survive:

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Announcing Our Fall 2020 Beacon® Scholarship For Rural America Winners!

The Fall 2020 Beacon® Scholarship for Rural America had the largest number of scholarship applicants since Carrot-Top Industries introduced the scholarship in 2018. We received applications from 25 out of the 50 U.S. states including first-time states such as: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia.

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Pantone Color Guide – Why Is It Important

Article updated July 13, 2020

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6 Things You May Not Know About The Fourth Of July

On July 4th, a federal holiday in America, many of us look forward to a day off from work to enjoy time with family and friends. While we often associate the day with barbecues, picnics, parades and fireworks, it is important to remember the historical meaning behind the Fourth of July as we celebrate. How much do you know about the history of July 4th, also known as Independence Day? Take our quiz, before reading the blog, to find out how much you know about America's Independence Day.

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Strengthen Your Community Pride With Street Banners

If a street banner is designed effectively, it can brighten up any downtown area, school campus, parking lot, or street, and more importantly, strengthen the sense of community pride. A street banner can revitalize your streets and buildings while welcoming visitors and even provide directions, celebrate holidays, and promote special events.

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How VA National Cemeteries Plan To Commemorate Memorial Day Amidst COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is approaching public Memorial Day ceremonies in a different way this year. Public events, such as organizations’ placement of flags at gravesites, will not be allowed at VA cemeteries although they will be open for public visitation. Some cemeteries may use staff members to place flags at the graves to ensure public safety and proper social distancing. While the VA is providing direction to their cemeteries, smaller and privately-owned cemeteries can abide by their own rules unless they are subject to local restrictions. Some cemeteries may cancel their ceremonies this year. See our earlier Memorial Day blog for other ways you can safely honor veterans this Memorial Day. Below is the VA’s complete News Release from May 13, 2020:

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5 Reasons To Buy A Flag From Carrot-Top Industries

As July 4th approaches, you may realize you need to replace your worn and weathered flags and flagpoles. Everyone wants to make a great impression with their patriotic display for Independence Day. For many, it is important to buy their American flags, flagpoles and patriotic decorations from a company that is knowledgeable about the flag industry and provides unsurpassed quality products. Here are 5 reasons Carrot-Top Industries is the expert flag company for you:

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day & The POW/MIA Flag

Since 1979, the National POW/MIA Recognition Day has been observed every year on the third Friday of September. As a nation, we take time on this day to honor the brave men and women who were taken captive as prisoners of war (POW) and those who were or still are missing in action (MIA). In the 1970s, more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs were unaccounted for and their families pushed the U.S. government for accountability. They didn’t want their loved ones to be forgotten.

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Top Three Ways To Avoid Rush Fees

We’ve all been there. We have too many tasks and not enough time to complete them all. It’s easy to forget about custom or patriotic products you need to order for an upcoming project or holiday. The later you place your order, the greater likelihood that you will pay rush fees to receive your products in time for your special event. We want to make your work life less stressful while helping you save money. Below are the top three ways you can avoid rush fees for future projects:

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What is Cinco de Mayo?

Over the years, Cinco de Mayo has become a popular day to celebrate across America. While many people enjoy the celebration, they don’t all understand what the day’s name means or what the holiday celebrates. Take some time to learn about Cinco de Mayo’s history before celebrating the holiday this year. It will make for a better experience and you can share what you have learned with your friends and families. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), you may need to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home this year based on what your city’s “Stay at Home” requirements are on May 5.

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