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Did you know an octopus has three hearts? It’s no wonder our trusted octopus mascot, Inky, has a lot of love to give! With our #InkTheLove campaign we’re spreading the love to a few kind and compassionate customers who give back to others. Check out one of our featured customers: The Junior Bike Angels.

This group of young girls, called the Junior Bike Angels, help out the community of Lake County, CA, where wildfires destroyed hundreds of homes. The idea to collect bikes started when an area preschool started sourcing bikes for local children. This idea took off, and soon it became so popular that it was becoming hard to meet the demand. The girls took notice and decided to do their part to help out. They hope that the bikes bring a welcome distraction to the kids who lost everything in the devastating fires.

They ordered shirts to make them easily identifiable and unite them as a group when delivering bikes and at fundraisers (as seen in the photo above), and to date, have collected 480 new and used bikes and raised over $3,000! You can like The Junior Bike Angels on Facebook to follow their efforts!

Last week, the girls Destination Imagination team placed FIRST in the State of CA. They presented their community outreach project and competed against 9 other teams from around the state.

They will represent our State at the Globals May 23-29 in Tennessee. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the girls as they will not only compete, but engage in learning with some of the most creative minds in the world. 15 countries will be represented!

It’s going to cost each girl about $1300 to travel. They set up a Gofundme page to help cover some of the associated costs. Take a look and help out if you can!

Products ordered: Canvas Lightweight Baseball Raglan

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Did you know an octopus has three hearts? It’s no wonder our trusted octopus mascot, Inky, has a lot of love to give! With our #InkTheLove campaign we’re spreading the love to a few kind and compassionate customers who give back to others. Check out one of our featured customers: The Detroit Mower Gang.

The Detroit Mower Gang (DMG) gets together every Wednesday to mow the abandoned playgrounds of Detroit. They refuse to let the city’s parks disappear due to neglect. In the photo above, the team joined with Focus: HOPE, an organization dedicated to intelligent and practical solutions to the problems of hunger, economic disparity, inadequate education, and racial divisiveness, to offer their services toward a massive revitalization project. 15,000 volunteers came together to clean up vacant lots, board abandoned homes, and introduce new rain gardens, public art, and trees to the neighborhood. The DMG helped by mowing and clearing brush to tame the thickest parts of the urban jungle. The group shirts were a huge hit and helped the group “kick grass!

To see what else the Detroit Mower Gang has been up to, follow them on their Facebook page.

Products ordered: Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt | Fruit of the Loom 100% Cotton T-shirt

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“Book Club Meeting in the Florida Orange Groves” and “Troop #2441” are the winners of this week’s Ink of the Week contest!

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This group ordered shirts for their monthly “Sweet Potato Book Club” where they discuss the latest book they’ve read. In this photo, they travelled to a Florida orange grove, which was the setting of one of their books, “Devil in the Grove” by Gilbert King!

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These girl scouts designed shirts to wear just in time for cookie sales! From the design layout to the t-shirt color, these girls did it all on their own and they look great standing with their leaders at a recent troop meeting!

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“Hope for Haiti and #BlueForBrit” and “Justice for Kathy Lynn Gloddy” are the winners of this week’s Ink of the Week contest!

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Be Like Brit Foundation was founded in memory of Britney Gengel, a 19-year-old who was killed during the 2010 Haiti earthquake while on a humanitarian mission. It was Britney’s dream to one day start an orphanage for the children of Haiti and through the Foundation, they opened one that is now home to 66 children! In this photo, the staff are wearing their blue t-shirts on Brit’s birthday to symbolize their hope for Haiti!

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Family and supporters ordered custom t-shirts to show their love and unwavering support to crack the unsolved murder case of Kathy Lynn Gloddy.

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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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