48HourPrint.com Donates Printing Services to Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
BOSTON—July 14, 2011—48HourPrint.com is providing a multi-year printing credit to the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation as part of the company’s Giving Across America program. The initiative will help the foundation provide printed materials for its Pathways to Peace program, the For Our World campaign, and an upcoming Peace Celebration. The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation spreads the inspirational messages of hope and peace offered by the late teenage poet and New York Times bestselling author Mattie J.T. Stepanek.
“48HourPrint.com is honored to support this foundation,” said Andrew Gordon, vice president of sales marketing, and business development at 48HourPrint.com and president of the foundation. “This print credit will help the foundation advance its mission of spreading Mattie’s infectious message of peace and hope.”
During his nearly 14 years, before succumbing to a neuromuscular disease, Mattie Stepanek wrote six volumes of Heartsongs poetry and a Just Peace collection of essays and correspondence with former President Jimmy Carter, all of which made the bestseller lists. His poem, “For Our World,” a message of peace Mattie penned on September 11, 2001 in response to terrorist attacks in which he lost several friends, has been translated into nearly 50 languages. A Peace Celebration on Sept. 3 at the Peace Garden in the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park near his home in King Farm, Rockville, Maryland, will mark the 10-year anniversary of the attacks and kick off the foundation’s Pathways to Peace program.
“This print sponsorship by 48HourPrint.com will help us create high-quality pamphlets, guides, posters and inspirational postcards for Pathways to Peace,” said Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D., executive director of the foundation and Mattie’s mother. “We want to share Mattie’s message that hope is real, peace is possible and life is worthy, and do this in a tangible way that people can take with them and share with others.”
As part of the program, the Mattie J.T. Foundation will also distribute Pathways to Peace posters and teaching tips postcards to schools and teachers across the country. A “Celebrate Peace – For Our World” poster will also include Mattie’s original poem and translations of his poem into numerous languages.
“Our foundation is trying to raise awareness of the power we each have within us, children and adults,” said Stepanek. “We’ve got to believe peace is possible. We’ve got to believe we each have the power to make a change. 48HourPrint.com will help us do this.”
48HourPrint.com, with headquarters in Boston, and printing plants in Phoenix and Cleveland, OH, is a leading online printing services company offering high quality printing and mailing services to businesses that value quality, speed and affordable prices. With a streamlined order process that is entirely online, and supported by experienced customer service professionals, 48HourPrint.com is setting the standard for quality online printing and service. 48HourPrint.com’s extensive product offerings, including business cards, postcards, brochures, banners, booklets and posters, can be ordered online 24 hours a day.
About Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization committed to spreading the inspirational message of hope and change offered by the late poet Mattie J.T. Stepanek, who died of a neuromuscular disease at age 13. He was a respected poet and advocate for peace- and disability-related organizations, as well as a New York Times bestselling author, with six volumes of Heartsongs poetry and his Just Peace collection of essays and correspondence with former President Jimmy Carter. Based in Rockville, Maryland, the foundation develops educational and recreational programs and outreach activities for children and adults that encourage peacemaking.