Shutterfly Inc. announced the company, via its Shutterfly for Good platform, has donated more than $750,000 to organizations nationwide that are helping communities most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shutterfly has donated $495,000 to multiple organizations such as those supporting the manufacturing and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE), food-related charities, healthcare and more via its partnership with The Ellen Show; and $225,000 to distribute diapers, formula, baby food, shampoo, soap and more to the most vulnerable families in America via its partnership with Baby2Baby. Shutterfly is also donating $20,000 directly to Feeding America’s national response fund to help support the organization’s mission to feed people facing hunger and food insecurity.
“Our business is built on connecting people and creating more from life’s moments; and in these challenging times, that is more important than ever,” said Jim Hilt, Shutterfly president. “It’s been incredible to see how communities around the globe are coming together to lift one another up. At Shutterfly, we believe we have a responsibility to help amplify these efforts and shine a light on the good in the world, today and every day. We’re very happy to have a platform to do that through Shutterfly For Good.”
Shutterfly is also now producing American-made cloth face masks. The company is partnering with Feeding America to offer a Buy1Give1 promotion. For every purchase of a single or 4-pack of face masks, Shutterfly will donate the equivalent amount of face masks to local Feeding America food banks up until Aug. 30, 2020. Shutterfly sister company Snapfish is also producing fully customizable cloth face masks, alongside ready-made versions honoring our front-line workers and more lighthearted designs.
Additionally, Shutterfly joined forces with Polymershapes in Charlotte, North Carolina, to produce the shield portion of face shields in its Fort Mill, S.C., manufacturing facility. Shutterfly used its in-house cutting equipment to produce the plastic shield, which was then bulk packed and sent back to Polymershapes for assembly. To date, Shutterfly has produced 350,000 shields.
“We were thrilled to be able to do our part to support the first responders and healthcare professionals working on the front lines,” said Dave Bull, vice president of Shutterfly, Inc. operations. “It was a no-brainer to transition our equipment as needed to support these efforts.”
In late April, Shutterfly released Moments on the Shutterfly app, intended to help connect customers to the important life events they may be missing while confined to their homes, such as spring picture day, graduation events, birthday parties, and vacations. The app allows users to replace the background of a photo with a custom background and add fun stickers and text. Several releases since launch have included an expansion of backgrounds, stickers, and occasions.
“We initially conceived of the idea to help recreate the formal spring school portraits that so many parents were missing due to school closures,” said Beth Burkhart, general manager. “But in developing the experience, and watching customer interaction, we quickly realized the applications are far broader. We’ve had fun adding to the background and sticker collection, and it’s inspiring to see what our customers create.”
Moments is available on the free Shutterfly app for iOS and can be downloaded from the Apple Store.