Carrot-Top Industries’ continued success has allowed it to give back to the MS community through their annual donations to fund MS research. Carrot-Top’s latest donation of $70,000 to the National MS Society will help improve the lives of those living with MS. Dwight and Lynne Morris launched Carrot-Top out of their Oak Park, IL, home in 1980, six years after Lynne was diagnosed with MS. The Morris family worked hard to provide flags and patriotic products to communities across America, and in 1987, Carrot-Top and the Morris family relocated to Hillsborough, NC.
Flags, logos, and banners are a great way to represent a community and bring uniformity. The design of these products have a lot of thought behind the images, symbols, and colors that are chosen, as well as what they stand for. Take the U.S. Flag for example – red symbolizes valor and bravery, white symbolizes purity and innocence, blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice. These colors likely weren’t chosen at random, they were selected for what they represent and when the production of a United States flag is needed, it is expected to look exactly how it is intended to. Same goes for any materials that require printing and production, it is expected that the product to come back exactly as it was designed.
2018 was the inaugural year of Carrot-Top’s Beacon® Scholarship for Rural America. Our leadership team launched the Beacon® Scholarship this year as a way to recognize and support hard-working rural students across America. This fall, we announced the first two winners of the scholarship, and now we are delighted to announce the winner of our spring 2019 award.
Congratulations to Diana De Leon of Wylie, Texas! Diana will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help her with her studies at the University of Houston in San Antonio. Diana is a driven student majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Her dream is to open a bakery in her hometown after she graduates.
Dear Carrot-Top Customers,
I started this business in my home, by myself, back in 1980. I had come from the healthcare industry where the focus was not on the people’s needs, but on making money. I wanted to build a company that would be customer-focused, and I wanted to offer the best product for my customers’ needs.
I had never dreamed that I would be able to grow this business to 40 employees, assisting customers from all 50 states and its territories. I had never envisioned that we could continue to build the company based on quality, integrity and thoughtful customer service.
I really can’t say that I have “reached my dreams” because they constantly evolve over time, but I am proud of what Carrot-Top Industries has become. As Carrot-Top grows and changes, transitioning over to the next generation of leadership, my vision has evolved to become our vision. Just as mail order evolved to catalog, and catalog evolved to e-commerce—we continue to evolve our talent and our strategies to keep providing our people with the best service and product expertise.
In this new era of e-commerce, we strive to keep our connection to you. In many ways, we are more connected today than we have ever been. We can communicate by both phone and live chat. We have knowledge of previous buying behavior; we can speak about what other people have done to solve similar solutions. We’ve shifted the way we do business because we realize that times change. We know that we need to keep improving to keep up. However, Carrot-Top will always be a customer-first organization providing American-made products, where possible, to our fellow Americans.
We continue to look proudly to the future with one hand over our hearts—still firmly rooted in our founding values. Like America, Carrot-Top will continue to work hard and be resilient, even in the face of adversity. We take great lessons from our customers, employees, and suppliers, who have taught us that pride and patriotism stand hand and hand with quality and hard work.
It is my honor for us to serve you.
Dwight A. Morris, President
As American flag retailers, we exist in a unique space where we are constantly reminded of the bravery and selflessness of those in uniform as well as the everyday acts of heroism being carried out by ordinary citizens in communities across the United States. We feel lucky to have such a strong connection to the patriotic spirit of our country. Our wonderful Customer Care Professionals are the heartbeat of our company—they get to talk to our customers every day, often hearing stories from veterans, local communities honoring veterans, and nonprofit organizations making a difference for veterans.
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, sibling, or extended family member of military personnel, we recognize that service is a sacrifice that not only affects those enlisted, but also those closest to the service member. This Veterans Day—and all year long—we thank you for your sacrifice! We recently sat down to talk to one of our own Carrot-Top family members, Milly Calderon, and her daughter, Rita Caruso, to learn about their experience sending their only granddaughter and daughter, respectively, away to boot camp this past summer.
Each year, Veterans Day occurs on the anniversary of the end of World War 1. Nearing its 100-year anniversary, this day is set aside each year to remember and appreciate all the women and men who serve in our country’s armed forces. A veteran is any person who has served full-time in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard. Reserve and National Guard members who have been called to active duty are also considered Veterans. Check out the infographic below for a few unique facts about the veteran population from different states across the nation. Scroll further for a full list of veterans facts for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
As Americans, we take pride in paying respect to those who died fighting for our country on patriotic holidays. But let us not forget that Veterans Day is a shared commemoration—an important day in world history. Veterans Day falls on November 11 (observed November 12 in 2018), the day the armistice to end World War 1 was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918. In 2018, Veterans Day holds added importance as it is also the 100th anniversary of the armistice to end World War 1, so there is no doubt that we will see an outpouring of extra-special commemorations across the world. While some countries do not observe Veterans Day in November, they do reserve other special and significant days to honor their military service members and veterans. As we prepare to commemorate Veterans Day this year, let’s take a look at how the U.S. and other countries around the world honor their nation’s veterans.
At Carrot-Top, we put customer service first, which means we are constantly talking to customers and listening to their feedback on our products. We deal with so many interesting and inspiring people from across the United States, and we often hear stories that touch our hearts and make us stand a little taller as proud providers of U.S. flags. Once in a while, we will get a special testimonial that stands out from the rest. We recently received one in the form of a handwritten note (We don't get many of those anymore!) that made us pause and ponder the importance of the U.S. flags we sell, and the profound meaning they hold for our customers.
National Fire Prevention Week is October 7th – 13th and this year’s campaign theme is, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” National Fire Prevention Week works to educate people about everyday steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire—and how to escape safely in the event of one.