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T-shirt sale proceeds to aid local food bank

By Staff | Apr 16, 2020

One Cape Coral small business is reminding residents to stay strong while raising money to help feed hungry mouths in the community.

Leigh Anne Tollison of Designs To a T has created a T-shirt to signify the strength of Floridians with the moniker, “Florida Strong” printed on a scroll under an eagle with the American flag for wings.

Underneath the scroll is a quote many around the world have been feeling for weeks, “Working apart to be together.”

Proceeds from the T-shirts will be split 50/50 with the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, which feeds roughly 28,000 residents each week.

“We’re trying to support our business while finding a way to be charitable,” Tollison said. “Our team came up with the idea and we’ve seen how the food banks are in need right now.”

Residents can buy T-shirts by calling the shop at 239-549-5995 or by sending an email to designs2at@comcast.net.

Shirts are $12 or two-for-$20, available in a variety of sizes and colors for men and women.

The company is now offering local delivery, curb-side pick up, shipping and even dock-side pick up Tollison joked, as one side of their building faces the water.

Businesses can even buy personalized shirts with their logos on the back.

Tollison said COVID-19 has certainly made an impact on their business, but that they are still working hard on orders they do still have, such as their new rain gear for the North Fort Myers Fire Department or team shirts for local businesses.

“It’s been a tough one, but I’m doing whatever I can to keep my employees and payroll flowing,” Tollison said.

Next, they may be developing a special type of face protection.

Tollison hopes that a return to normalcy or some capacity comes in the next few weeks to help her business, and many others in Southwest Florida, begin to recover.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is the largest hunger relief network in Southwest Florida, serving Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties.

In fiscal year 2018-19, Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed nearly 26.7 million pounds of food and other grocery items.

HCFB can turn a $1 donation into $8 worth of food.

Designs to a T is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is at 1601 S.E. 46th Lane in Cape Coral.

For more information on HCFB, visit www.HarryChapinFoodBank.org.