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 Avenue

Pollak Training Center - 1000 E. Fairfield Drive

Pearl Nelson Center - 916 E. Fairfield Drive

Pollak Industries - 2313 Truman Avenue

Beach Community Bank - 4465 Bayou Boulevard

Head Hunters Hairstyling - 205 S. Baylen Street

Boy Scouts - 9446 University Parkway

Ever'man Natural Foods - 315 W. Garden Street

Smart Bank - 201 N. Palafox Street

The Bodacious Olive Shop - 407-D South Palafox Street

Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Center - 2912 North E Street

Cokesbury United Methodist Church - Children's Center - 5725 N 9th Ave

Publix Perdido Key - 13390 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507

Publix University Town Center - 9251 University Pkwy, Pensacola, FL 32514



Publix - 2180 W. Nine Mile Road, In Pine Forest

Publix - 4739 US Highway 90, In Pace

Beach Community Bank - 60 Northcliff Drive, In Gulf Breeze

Pen Air Federal Credit Union - 3591 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, In Tiger Point

Pensacola Beach Visitor & Information Center - Casino Beach Parking Lot on Pensacola Beach

Sunny 105FM Gulf Shores - 2421 E. 2nd Street, In Gulf Shores

Publix @ Seashell Locations - 852 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 

Oops Alley Family Entertainment Center - 3721 Highway 90, Pace, FL 32571


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 - $7.25
  • Med-Lrg Size White Pearl Beads - 3 Dozen - $8.50
  • 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- Sondra Massraf

Retail Sales Manager/Buyer

3932 N. 10th Avenue




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