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“Manly Camping Weekend – Sweaty T-shirt Transfer” and “The Golden Elite Force Dancers” are the winners of this week’s Ink of the Week contest!

Ink of the Week winners

The guys pictured here look forward to their men’s beach camping trip every year, for eight years running. During their most recent trip to Cape Hatteras, the guys sported neon orange shirts during a game of ultimate frisbee on the beach. During the game, “a ridiculously awesome chest-bump occurred, which resulted in the accidental invention of the sweaty t-shirt transfer.”

Ink of the Week winners

Looking “more elite than ever,” the Golden Elite Force Dancers take a minute to pose before their basketball half time show performance. We love how happy these first-time customers look in their new dance uniforms!

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IOTW Photo Contest

For over six years, we’ve been collecting customer stories in our Ink of the Week contest. Throughout the years, we’ve heard from some truly amazing customers about how their CustomInk orders helped to unite their community and take their event to the next level. To show you some of the communities we’ve touched, we’ve compiled a handful of stories that caught our eye this past month.

 

CandyGive up the Candy!

The dental office of Allen & Kelly Smudde have been ordering shirts with us for six years for Operation Gratitude: Candy Buyback. The event encourages kids in their community to give up their Halloween candy in exchange for money (for themselves and their schools). After gathering candy, hand-written letters, and other treats, they send everything to our troops serving overseas. Pictured here is the community that participated in last year’s event.

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iotw-blog-2Camp Billy Johnson

Each year, the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee runs Camp Billy Johnson – a FREE week of sleep-away camp for underprivileged kids who would not otherwise be able to afford camp. They provide them with everything they will need for the week including sleeping bags, towels, and “fantastic t-shirts from CustomInk!”

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iotw-blog-3Doing the Nae Nae with CustomInk

Nearly 150 shirts were ordered this summer for the Chicago Lights Summer Day Program, a program providing a safe place for 100 school-aged kids living in under-served communities to learn and engage in academic classes and art instructions. At the end of the session, students present multicultural arts performances for the community. Check out the moves on these 1st-4th graders!

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iotw-4Kait-A-Palooza

Kaitlin, who had always referred to her birthday month as “Kait-A-Palooza,” tragically passed away in a car accident several months before her 21st birthday. Determined to celebrate the milestone in her grand style, her parents, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins united together in Cancun to celebrate her life. Wearing their custom shirts, they “released balloons over the Caribbean at sunset in her honor.”

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IOTW Photo Contest

For over six years, we’ve been collecting customer stories in our Ink of the Week contest. Throughout the years, we’ve heard from some truly amazing customers about how their CustomInk orders helped to unite their community and take their event to the next level. We’re compiling a handful of stories to show you some of the communities we’ve recently touched.

 

2015-07-18_Focus_HopeDetroit Mower Gang

The Detroit Mower Gang gets together every other Wednesday to mow abandoned playgrounds in the city. Recently, they teamed up with Focus: HOPE and 15,000 volunteers to clean up vacant lots, board abandoned homes and introduce new rain gardens, public art, and trees to Detroit neighborhoods. The group shirts were a huge hit and helped the group “kick grass!”

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love_every_day3Mason’s Crew

This customer has been ordering Mason’s Crew t-shirts since 2013, the year she lost her son before his first birthday. In memory of Mason, family and friends gather each year on his birthday to honor his memory and hold an “Un-Birthday celebration that benefits children and teens living in group foster care in the Tucson area.” Wearing their “Love Every Day” shirts, this community spreads happiness, smiles, help, and love to those in need.

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Keep_Calm_PhotoDancePlus+ Aerobics

This small group of ladies from Salem, Oregon gets together twice a week to dance and perform aerobics to music – anything from oldies to gospel to Broadway to classics. Some of these women also frequent care centers in the area to perform routines for the elderly.

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grampyGrampy’s 70th Skydiving Birthday

Grampy turned 70 years old on August 5th and all he wanted to do for his birthday was go skydiving. Grampy and his family traveled to Amelia Island for the big adventure and they all supported him by wearing “Geronimo” custom shirts – even ordering a special Happy Birthday tee for the man of the hour!

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“Not only are they beautiful, but they read too!!” and “St. Louis Area Girl Scouts Exploring Chicago” are the winners of this week’s Ink of the Week contest!

Ink of the Week winner

The ladies pictured here are no strangers to tradition. Each year, they head to the beach to hold their summer book club in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. To make things different this year, and “to let the whole beach know who [they] were,” they turned to CustomInk for custom book club tanks!

Ink of the Week winner

Using our Group Order Form, this Chicago Girl Scout troop ordered shirts for a summer trip to the Windy City. While visiting the city, the girl stayed at a hostel and received “compliments wherever [they] went!”

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Smile

For over six years, we’ve been collecting customer stories in our Ink of the Week contest. Throughout the years, we’ve heard from some truly amazing customers about how their CustomInk orders helped to unite their community and take their event to the next level. To show you some of the communities we’ve touched, we’ve compiled a handful of stories that caught our eye this past month.

 

turtleOff Like a Herd of Turtles

With their recent reorder, this group of family and friends honored Mike Kipila at a recent American Cancer Society event for prostate cancer called Run for Dad. When this customer lost her dad, Mike, in 2013, she made it her mission to find a cure for prostate cancer and help save the lives of others. Mike was an avid biker and road captain of his motorcycle club, and when he’d look back to his lineup of riders with their helmets on, he’d say “We’re off like a Herd of Turtles.” It’s from this that the team name was born.

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4th_of_July_ReunionA Louisiana Reunion

Years after Hurricane Katrina displaced many of the residents living in Meraux, Louisiana, this group came together to plan a neighborhood reunion for friends to revisit their roots and catch up with each other. To commemorate the first official reunion, an order of over 250 shirts was organized with the Group Order Form and all the shirts were distributed along Walkers Lane the weekend of July 4th.

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Smile_2Bright Future for First Graders

With the end of 1st grade coming to a close, Alexis decided to surprise her class with custom tie-dye t-shirts. Throughout the year, there was a yellow sun with sunglasses that hung in the classroom to remind the class to work hard, be happy, and have fun, so it was only fitting that she get a smiley face sun with shades printed on the shirts with the phrase, “My future is so bright I have to wear shades!”

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BAA_3Burtonsville Wresting Camp

For 20+ years Christy and her husband have been running the Burtonsville Athletic Association Youth Wresting Camp for young boys in the community. “With no air conditioning in the high school, it was a long, hot week for campers and counselors,” but at the end of it all, they celebrated their hard work with custom t-shirts!

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Purple_Stride_Team_With_Luck_from_Chuck_2015Luck from Chuck – A WINNER!

This charity customer’s 2011 New Year’s resolution was to become a runner. With the help of her first running coach, Chuck, she was able to achieve that goal her first year – running three 5ks. Also occurring that first year was some devastating news of Chuck’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Although he soon passed away, to this day she has Chuck to thank for getting her on her feet and helping achieve her goal. She now coaches others through the No Boundaries program and participates in pancreatic cancer run/walks in memory of her dear friend.

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DSC_9119Farewell to a Dynasty

At the end of the year, Cesar Tarrant Elementary School will be closed for good, and the teachers and staff will be going off to different locations. Using our Group Order Form, this group decided to order shirts to commemorate the end of the year. “Though we will be going off to various locations, our shirts will always remind us of the family that we are and always will be.”

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