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Introducing Sharing Wear
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HAT CAN I DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?” This is the question Palmetto Middle School eighth grader Nicole Markus asked herself when thinking about what community service project to focus on. Her solution? SharingWear.org – an online charity to link people to worthy causes throughout the United States and the world. The goal of SharingWear.org is to allow people to support worthwhile charities in an easy way – by buying high quality tshirts, sweatshirts, and other apparel featuring funny slogans and interesting images.
SharingWear.org’s premise is simple: each month, the site features a deserving charity as its Charity of the Month. That organization is profiled on the web site, with easy links for anyone who wants to make a direct donation, and the site features a custom t-shirt geared toward that organization or cause. All profits earned that month from the charity’s shirt, and the other general interest shirts on the website, are donated to the featured charity. SharingWear.org was founded by 13-year-old Nicole Markus, who has a special interest in helping the world. “SharingWear has the potential to help so many, and in so many different ways. Our goal is not only to raise money for worthy causes, but also to bring attention to important issues and the many ways in which caring people can help,” Nicole explains.’ Nicole’s vision is to feature organizations from all corners of the globe, and to diversify the type of causes that are supported. In its first month, SharingWear.com supported Fairy Tails Adoptions, which rescues animals in the Miami area and finds quality homes for them. “I learned first hand by volunteering at their adoption events that Fairy Tails does amazing work,” Nicole said. “Although SharingWear is a global organization, it was important to me to launch the site with a cause particularly close to my home and heart.” The second Charity of the Month, Ecuador Disaster Relief, raised money for orphans created by the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador in April 2016. The third Charity of the Month was Charley’s Fund, a national organization based in Massachusetts, which supports medical research to develop treatments and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the #1 genetic killer of children worldwide. Since its inception in 2004, the foundation has sought to drive new therapies forward as quickly and efficiently as possible. Currently, the most popular shirts on the SharingWear are the “OhWhale” and the “Donut Worry” shirts. New shirts are regularly added to the site, and any of the slogans can be put on any shirt style. Says Nicole, “My goal is to do what I can to make a difference, in a fun way.” To learn more about SharingWear, to purchase an apparel item to support a worthwhile cause, or to submit your charitable organization for consideration as a Charity of the Month, please visit SharingWear.com. SharingWear.com also accepts non-copyrighted ideas or images for cute tshirts, and is happy to give credit to any artist Who submits a chosen design. SharingWear also has a requested shirt section, allowing teams or other groups to request a custom design for their organization or group.
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