Everyone has been affected by Hurricane Sandy in some way, shape, or form. Immediately, designing a t-shirt to raise money for the victims was not only something I knew I wanted to do, but something I felt I had to do.
The outpouring of support (volunteers, telethons) has been tremendous so far. It really is amazing to see. We have all seen pictures of the destruction. I myself, have witnessed it first hand...in my hometown of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn...in Rockaway, Queens, where my cousin lost his home to fire...in Breezy Point, where countless friends/family suffered major flood damage to their homes. EVERYONE, I'm sure, knows someone who was affected. The reality is...this is going to take months, and in a lot of cases, years to fix.
100% of the profits from this t-shirt will be distributed to local charities in the five boroughs and on Long Island. Well, here they are...the following organizations/foundations will receive donations from FACE OF THE FRANCHISE LLC:
*** Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation -- All donations will benefit Staten Island residents that have been adversely impacted by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy (I am specifically asking that our donation go to Staten Island residents). All the money raised for the relief effort goes right to hurricane victims (zero will be put aside for admin costs or banked for future relief funds). The relief fund currently stands at over $1.4 million, thanks to support from Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and local NY athletes. The Siller Foundation is named after Stephen Siller, the heroic firefighter who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel on 9/11, only to die at the Twin Towers. Through my own personal volunteer work at The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum and having met members of the Siller Family, I can assure you they will be putting our money to good use (and they are from Staten Island, so they definitely know who needs it). -- https://www.tunneltotowersfoundation.org/index.aspx
*** In Good Company Hospitality Relief Fund -- This fund was set up by the Tubridy family to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy along the Rockaway Peninsula and Broad Channel who lost everything as a result of the storm. The Turbidy family is very well respected in these parts (my own friends/family, who are residents, have given their full support). Funds will be allocated directly to displaced families to provide temporary housing, food, clothes, basic needs, etc. -- https://www.wepay.com/donations/2107251105.
*** The Brooklyn Recovery Fund -- A joint effort between the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President (Marty Markowitz), and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to create a pooled fund to provide support to Brooklyn’s nonprofit orgs working with the communities and individuals most affected by Hurricane Sandy. This fund is supported by Forest City Ratner Companies, the Brooklyn Nets, and Barclays Center. I have also seen them in full force, with my own eyes / down in the trenches, specifically in Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay. -- http://www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/brooklyn-recovery-fund-1
*** Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund -- In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, many Breezy Point and Roxbury residents are in need of relief funds and housing. Your donations will be used to aid struggling residents of Breezy Point and Roxbury. This fund is spearheaded by Susan Sarandon (highlighted in The Huffington Post) and is supported by The Breezy Point Cooperative. -- http://breezypointdisasterrelief.org/
*** The McCormick Foundation (Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief Fund) -- Newsday, News12 Long Island and the McCormick Foundation have joined forces to help Long Islanders struggling with the damage, destruction and grief from Hurricane Sandy. The relief fund is committed to improving the lives of at-risk children and families on Long Island by funding nonprofit organizations with programs that help them thrive and succeed. The first $500,000 raised will be matched by the Foundation at 50 cents on the dollar. All administrative expenses are paid ensuring 100% of all donations, plus the match, will be granted to local nonprofit organizations providing disaster response and recovery efforts helping to rebuild Long Island from the devastation. -- http://donate.mccormickfoundation.org/page.aspx?pid=1037
*** The American Red Cross (Disaster Relief) -- The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. It’s network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here in the U.S. and around the world. Any additional funds raised from the t-shirt will go here. I think it goes without saying what their contributions have been over the past few weeks in NY/NJ. If you have been in some of these hard hit areas, you know. -- http://www.redcross.org/
I am NOT looking to make a single dime on this. I just want to do SOMETHING. I was down in these areas...they really need our help.
The demand/response for our ‘Unite, Recover, Rebuild’ t-shirt has been great. BUT WE DO NOT WANT TO STOP!
Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery (4 weeks in some cases). Canvas brand. "Contemporary" t-shirt made to have a worn in feel. 4.2 oz., 100% preshrunk combed and ringspun cotton jersey knit. The t-shirt is unisex. Slightly fitted. Printing will begin soon, but we need to get a feel for how many orders are coming in.
It doesn’t matter where you’re from…we are all in this together! UNITE! RECOVER! REBUILD!
A BIG THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE SHOWN SUPPORT OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, HAVE BOUGHT A T-SHIRT, OR SHARED MY (I'M SURE SOMETIMES ANNOYING) POSTS/LINKS/TWEETS. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT AND THOSE THAT NEED THE HELP DO TOO!
Eric J. Dwyer *** FACE OF THE FRANCHISE LLC
PS- We're fully aware that this was not just a New York issue! New Jersey, Connecticut, and over 10 other states felt the wrath of Hurricane Sandy…but as a brand born and manufactured in Brooklyn, we felt that it was our duty to help those closest to us first. If you are interested in helping out those in New Jersey…here are two awesome t-shirts that support the American Red Cross: http://restoretheshore.cowerking.com/ & http://jerseytrash.com/store/view/111