2018-01-01 / Features

Hey Mister, Throw Me Some Beads!

The Arc Gateway’s Pollak Industries is beady-eyed these days. They are looking for Mardi Gras beads parade-goers have collected but no longer have a use for.

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are gainfully employed at sorting and prepackaging beads donated after the holiday parades.

Their jobs contribute to the community’s effort to recycle and reuse materials instead of simply generating waste. Participants in the Arc work force are also helping themselves by taking part in the vocational training such efforts provide and in becoming incomeearning partners who help sustain the programs supported by Arc.

Job training, meaningful work and the opportunity to earn their own income represent valuable assistance to people eager to contribute their skills and abilities.

The Arc offers program to more than 800 children and adults in this area and boasts several income producing and job-training possibilities.

To help with the annual bead collection, call (850) 432-9161 and ask that a bead collection box be delivered. The Arc will also arrange for scheduled pickup of the boxes.

Drop-off locations for beads include the following sites:

• The Arc Gateway in Pensacola

Administration Office at 3932 North 10th Ave.

Pollak Training Center at 1000 East Fairfield Drive

Pearl Nelson Center at 916 East Fairfield Drive

Pollak Industries at 2313 Truman Ave.

• Downtown Pensacola

Head Hunters Hair Styling at 205 South Baylen

Bodacious Olive at 407 South Palafox

• Pensacola Area

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church at 3200 North 12th Ave. in Pensacola

Publix at 2180 West Nine Mile Road in the Pine Forest area of Pensacola

Books-A-Million in the Pensacola Square shopping center at 35 North Davis Highway

Dove Gift Shop at West Florida Hospital at 8383 North Davis Highway

• Gulf Breeze/Pensacola Beach

Beach Community Bank at 60 Northcliff Drive in Gulf Breeze

Pen Air Federal Credit Union at 3591 Gulf Breeze Parkway at Tiger Point

To order Mardi Gras beads from The Arc, contact Sondra Massraf, retail sales manager/buyer, at (850) 432-9161; at smassraf@arcgateway.org; or at 3932 North 10th Ave. in Pensacola.

Pre-order is strongly suggested, since quantities are limited. Major credit cards are accepted.

The following bead choices are available:

Small beads, 12 dozen assorted colors – $6.50

Medium beads, eight dozen assorted colors – $8.75

Large beads, three dozen assorted colors – $8.25

Medium-large white pearl beads, three dozen – $8.50

Small beads, 12 dozen in red, green and gold – $6.50

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