Norfolk print shop sells social distancing shirt to raise money for local non-profits

Posted at 3:46 PM, May 20, 2020

NORFOLK, Va. — A Norfolk print shop is sharing a positive message in ink to make an impact to support the local non-profits that support us all.

“We see stories all over where people are wanting to do their part, and this was our way of helping,” says Mary Goldburg.

Goldburg is a sales representative at Tag Ink. She says she and her coworkers came up with the idea of a shirt that could help support local non-profits.

The t-shirts cost $20 including shipping. All profits are split between four local non-profits: Samaritan House, YWCA South Hampton Roads, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia and Alzheimer’s Association.

“There’s a lot of non-profit agencies that are going to be needing funds because their services are needed now more than ever,” Goldburg says.

In turquoise lettering on a black shirt, the shirt is a combination of words and symbols that are supposed to be interpreted as “6 Feet Apart, Spread Love Not Germs.”

It’s a message worth sharing from a distance.

“Hopefully if they see the shirts it will allow them to move back from the person wearing it,” Goldburg says.

The Alzheimer’s Association says even though it may feel like the world has paused, the need for non-profits has only grown.

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“It's campaigns like The Longest Day that this t-shirt is supporting that have enabled all of those programs and services to remain free for every single person impacted throughout southeastern Virginia and throughout the country,” explained Jordan Storm, who is the development manager of The Longest Day, a fundraising campaign to support research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Shirt sales have been slow in the first couple of weeks, but Tag Ink thinks will pick up as more people find out about their message. They plan to sell the shirts on their website throughout summer.

In the end, they hope their message is two-fold: Stand apart while standing together.

Click here to purchase a “6 Feet Apart” shirt and learn more about the non-profits that benefit.

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