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Sara Riddle

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Our friends at Booster are celebrating kids all month long with their B-Cause: Kids program, so to jump on board, we’re highlighting standout kids (or teens) of our own – all of whom recently submitted their stories to our Ink of the Week photo contest!

 

stay_goldStaying Gold

Tyler and his classmates traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, during their spring break to build homes for families in need. With them, they brought their gold, foil ink t-shirts to wear while building. They had a few extras to spare, so they gave out shirts to some of the kids for whom they were building houses (look closely and you’ll see seven-year-old, Kevin, lounging among some of the teens).

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helping_homelessFeeding the Homeless

Youth members of Jacksonville’s Believers in Christ Christian Center are “feeding bodies and restoring souls” (slogan from the back of their t-shirts). Recently, they took to the streets of downtown Jacksonville to give hygiene supplies, food, clothes, and prayers to the homeless in the community. The volunteers’ shirts were such a hit, that those who didn’t get one initially now want one!

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music_kidsProviding Dream Concerts

At just 14 years old, Addison started the nonprofit organization, The Overlooked, to provide dream concert tickets to music fans with a mental illness, physical disorder, or external life struggle. Nominations pour in from all over the country and Addison and her team work with the nominees to pair them up with a night to remember. Now in high school, Addison is dreaming bigger and hoping to expand her organization internationally so that she can help as many people as possible feel seen, known, and loved.

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B-Cause: Kids

 

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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.

 

trackteamInaugural Winter Track

This past winter was the inaugural track season for St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes middle schoolers. The group of dedicated 7th and 8th graders who participated took a chance by going out for a team with no indoor facilities. As the season came to a close, the team decided to order special, custom t-shirts to commemorate the season. “The t-shirt went from an idea to a wearable reality in less than a week!”

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bubbaBubba’s 21st Birthday

Bubba and his family traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate the youngest in the family finally turning 21. All decked out in their custom t-shirts, and “totally ignoring the dress code,” the family went out to dinner at Gordon Ramsey Steak in the Paris Casino to kick off the celebrations. Numerous people came up to the group throughout the day to comment on the t-shirts and the family had an absolute blast!

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goat_2Goat Shed Gathering

For seven years, this group of friends has been gathering at the “Goat Shed,” a Texas goat farm from the 1800’s that was renovated into a bunk house for 10. For the past three years (they won in 2014!), the group has been ordering shirts with us. Most recently, our Creative Services team brought a “Seven Dwarfs of the Goat Shed” idea to life and all members of the group had their individual personalities shine through with these custom t-shirts.

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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.

 

6948829___Brick_City_BoppersBrick City Boppers

Rochester Institute of Technology’s swing dance club has a lot of heart. Not only do these Brick City Boppers teach people how to dance, but they host live band dances and organize field trips outside of campus. “The club has grown to be a family, albeit a family of goofballs,” and had a blast showing off their 2016 club t-shirts at a recent photoshoot. The club has been making t-shirts with us for the past three years to commemorate each year.

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IMG_2600March Madness Family Fun

Basketball, beer, monster cookies – oh my! For seven years, this customer and his friends and family have been getting “really into” the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The first weekend of the tournament, they all take off work and set up four TV’s in the living room to binge watch the games. This year, they upped their game with custom t-shirts in a range of colors and sizes

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IMG_1408Al’s 90th Birthday

All 15 members of the Sopher family gathered in Sarasota, Florida last month to celebrate Al’s (aka Poppop) 90th birthday. Al was an usher for the Baltimore Orioles for 33 years, so to celebrate his big day, the family traveled to the Orioles’ spring training to attend a couple of games. His granddaughters got together and designed custom hats to surprise the family with on the trip.

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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.

 

Custom_Ink_-_Miriam's_HootersMiriam’s Hooters

Miriam’s Hooters is a group of friends and family who participated in Santa Barbara’s “Barbara Ireland Walk & Run for Breast Cancer” earlier this month. Miriam was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and chose to undergo a double mastectomy, so her supporters decided to express their devotion and love with custom t-shirts. The order was such a hit amongst the group that they are already planning a Movember t-shirt order for the fall!

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animal_shelter_2Trempealeau County Humane Society

This community-supported animal shelter in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin relies solely on volunteers and community support to keep their organization running. For the past three years, they have ordered t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats & more to outfit their volunteers and to sell at various fundraising events. For their most recent open house event, the group took advantage of complementary styles by ordering 11 different styles with their logo.

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IMG_3583Dance for a Cure

Dance for a Cure 2016 occurred just a couple weeks ago in Vancouver, Washington. To prepare for the event, this customer organized an order of custom tank tops and sold them as part of the dance fundraiser. All in all, she raised over $4,500 for Relay for Life, and the order was a huge hit with the participants. She’s already planning her next order!

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Inkers near and far are preparing for chili cook-offs and they’re not the only ones. Some awesome customers have shared stories in our Ink of the Week contest about perfecting their own recipes and putting their creations to the test!

 

gumbo_gangGumbo Gang

Five employees of a North Dakota oil and gas service company gathered together last winter in Dickinson, North Dakota for the annual Gumbo Cook-off event. The guys competed against other companies in the industry for the area’s best gumbo and while they didn’t win first place, everyone really enjoyed the matching team outfits!

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meatball_cookoffUltimate Meatball Cook-off

Meatball lovers united on New Year’s Day at the 5th annual Balls to the Wall Meatball Cook-Off. With a hand-drawn design from one of the meatball contenders, and silly nicknames on the back design, these shirts helped top off the most successful cook-off yet. Even guests who decided not to partake were asking how they could get a shirt at the end of the party.

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chili_me_timbers_2Chili me Timbers

The Loerwald family has been participating in a chili cook-off for the past three years, but it wasn’t until the third and most recent year that they decided to commemorate the event with custom t-shirts. Their pirate theme has been such a hit all of these years and it will continue to be a tradition now that they’ve created these “Chili me Timbers” shirts!

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Tour_de_FranksTour de Franks

What goes well with chili? This customer would definitely say, hot dogs! He is the founder of the first ever hot dog bike tour, “Tour de Franks – Chicago.” Since 2011, he has placed five consecutive orders, all with uniquely different designs. Since the tour’s creation, it has grown to span 30 miles, 8 hot dog stands, and over 40 riders! Next plans are to spread the tour to New York City.

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