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T-Shirts for a Cause
With the economic down turn in resent years donations are down and charitable organizations have had to get clever with their fundraising ideas. Sadly it is less and less common to have people give something for nothing, rather store shelves are filled with pink blenders that support Susan G. Koman and green Yoga Mats for the World Wildlife Foundation.
One of the most common products that you can buy while you support your favorite cause is clothing, specifically t-shirts. Through the purchase of t-shirts people can not only financially support causes but also express themselves by walking around with a billboard on their chest declaring who they are and what they stand for.
The following three companies make cool shirts and support some awesome charities.
#1 Yellow Bird Project
“We are a Montreal-based organization called Yellow Bird Project. We work with an amazing range of indie rock musicians to create unique t-shirt designs that benefit an array of charities, each chosen by the musicians.”
YBP is cool in the fact that if you are into indie rock you can learn about what your favorite artist supports and buy the tee that they designed. You can get shirts designed by artists like Bon Iver, The Decemberists and Tegan and Sara. You can also support YBP by purchasing their shirt with the cute little bird logo or getting their super cool indie rock coloring book.
“For every purchase we give $7 to this week’s charity.
One design. One week. One cause.”
Sevenly is a site that needs to be checked often because they only sell one shirt at a time and it changes every seven days. Every week through the t-shirt that they are selling they raise money ($7 out of every shirt sold) and awareness of that charity so that people may go support causes that are near and dear to them directly. In the past they have sold shirts for organizations including Water.org, Hope International, Plant With a Purpose, and Autism Speaks
#3 Out of Print Clothing
“In addition to spreading the joy of reading through our tees and accessories, we acknowledge that many parts of the world don’t have access to books at all. We are working to change that. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa.”
Out of Print Clothing is a great way to express yourself through a comfortable, fun tee that depicts the cover of your favorite book. Even without the fact that your purchase is doing good this is a great company and product. What makes it even better is that as you go around expressing your love of Fitzgerald, Austen or Melville you can feel good knowing that because of your purchase someone has a book to read that they otherwise wouldn’t have.