Mardi Gras Beads

Throw us your beads!

When the parades and parties are over, donate your Mardi Gras beads to The Arc Gateway!


At The Arc Gateway’s Pollak Industries, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities sort and prepackage beads that are donated after parades. By collecting and selling bundles of beads, The Arc Gateway supports our community’s effort to recycle and reuse materials instead of generating waste. We are also generating revenues that help sustain our programs while providing vocational training and job opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.


The Arc Gateway offers a variety of products and services to provide people with developmental disabilities with job training, meaningful work and the opportunity to earn their own income. 


In addition to providing job opportunities for persons with disabilities, businesses that partner with Arc Gateway also help provide revenue that sustains programs for more than 800 children and adults in our community. 

If you would like to help us with bead collections, call us and we’ll bring you a bead collection box and arrange for scheduled pickups.


Here's what we do with your collected Mardi Gras beads:

  • We learn valuable work skills by sorting and re-packaging donated beads.
  • We promote recycling, not waste.
  • And, we earn pay!

Find a donation site!

Drop-off locations throughout the Pensacola area include:


The Arc Gateway

Administration Office - 3932 N. 10th Ave.

Pollak Training Center - 1000 E. Fairfield Dr.

Pearl Nelson Center - 916 E. Fairfield Dr.

Pollak Industries - 2313 Truman Ave.

South Santa Rosa - 5668 Guf Breeze Pkway, Unit B-8


Downtown Pensacola

Head Hunters Hair Styling - 205 S. Baylen

Bodacious Olive - 407 S. Palafox


Pensacola Area

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church - 3200 N. 12th Ave.

Dove Gift Shop at West Florida Hospital- 8383 N. Davis Hwy.

Ever'Man Cooperative Grocery and Cafe - 315 W. Garden St.

Broussards Bayou Grill and Cajun Market - 690 E. Heinberg St.


Gulf Breeze/Pensacola Beach

Beach Community Bank - 60 Northcliff Dr.


Central Credit Union of FL 

Downtown - 308 N. Spring St.

Cordova - 4964 Bayou Blvd

W St. - 6200 N. W St.

Home Office - 1200  E. Nine Mile Rd


Buy Beads!

  • Small Size Beads, 12 Dozen Assorted Colors - $6.50
  • Medium Size Beads, 8 Dozen Assorted Colors - $8.75
  • Large Size Beads, 3 Dozen Assorted Colors - $8.00
  • Small Size Beads, 12 Dozen Holiday (Red, Green & Gold) - $6.50

*As we continue to grow our bead collections, we hope to have more select colors options available.



CONTACT- Pollak Industries

2313 Truman Avenue




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