Buy a shirt, save a life in Haiti

January 19, 2010

A San Luis Obispo businessman has come up with a novel way to raise money for the Haitian relief effort.

Mark Coudray, owner of a T-shirt printing business called Coudray Serigraphics, is partnering with other printers around the country, trying to raise $10 million for Haiti. The newly-formed Haitian Earthquake T-Shirt Relief Project has set up a web site where the shirt, graced with an American flag and eagle across the front, is already on display.

Organizers hope to produce 1 million shirts, which can be purchased individually for $20. However, Coudray is trying to identify local businesses who might like to be listed as sponsors on the back side of the shirts. He is also seeking partnerships with local nonprofit and service groups to help sell the T-shirts and donate the money to the Haiti relief efforts.

All net proceeds from shirt sales will go to Haitian relief efforts.

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Actually, almost all shirts will be sold for $15, not $20. Charities will receive $10 per shirt sold with the balance allocated to cover the cost of materials, printing production (front and back), shipping and administration.

So he wants to donate $10 million by selling $20 million worth of T-shirts? Ya gotta love capitalism.

Good luck with that.

We are hooking up local printers with organizations who want to sell the shirts. If you are an organization or know of one that would like to take up the cause, we can help them organize and get the Project going for them. Each organization can donate to the Relief Agency of their choice, it is not exclusive to the American Red Cross.