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ISSUE ONE

T E M P LAT E BY I S S U U


LETTER FROM THE E D I TO RS

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hank you for checking out our very first edition of Magazine! It’s crazy to think 10 years ago we had a big dream in a tiny, one car garage, and over the years the Lord has come and given those dreams wings.

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ur first issue of Magazine is full of fun facts about our Wing T’s Family. We will be taking a look back to where this dream began, and giving a sneak peak into where this dream is going!

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e are so thankful for all of our fans, for all the love you have shown and for being the of this company.

e sure to subscribe to our magazine, follow our social media sites, and keep believing in YOUR dreams!

LOVE, JENN, SHELLE, SARA


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CONTENTS MEET THE OWNERS BLESSING T’S ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WYATT’S WINGS BEAUTIFUL DAY FOUNDATION ALL ABOUT TEAM WING T’S THE NEXT ISSUE

BY PHONE 405.574.6545 BY EMAIL WING_TEES@YAHOO.COM IN PERSON 802 W. CHICKASHA AVE. CHICKASHA, OK 73018

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M E E T T H E OW N E RS

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match made in Heaven! It all started ten years ago in a tiny one-car garage when Sara Abbott was inspired to prayerfully follow her dream. Knowing that when God is in the details all things are possible, she shared her ideas with Jennifer Heavin who was a school teacher at the time (more about that in her bio!). Soon, Shelle Miller was brought into the mix, and they’ve been a dream team ever since. Can you say friendship goals?!

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lthough, ten years ago they didn’t know how their dream and hard work would flourish, they were excited to be making cute spirit T’s for their school in Ninnekah, Oklahoma. They had their small screenprinting press setup in Sara’s garage and used an old school, Singer Jean Press for vinyl and stones. One time, Jenn forgot about a shirt in the press, but quickly remembered after smelling some smoke! Having never screenprinted before, there was a learning curve, but the girls perservered and taught themselves how to run the press efficiently to create quailty product.


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he rest of the town was soon feeling the excitement, and orders continued to pour in. The girls worked tirelessly day and night while also working full time jobs or going to college to complete order after order. They even had help from a few high school girls from time to time. Those girls are still in the Wing T’s Family today! With growing excitement, they needed more space to print and fill orders. They moved up to the two-car garage. Jenn finally had a real office! Here, they still had their small press, but much more room to store inventory and separate shirt orders. They also had a chance to have a booth to sell their shirts at retail. The growth didn’t stop there! Wing T’s soon outgrew the two-car garage.

“ CA N YO U SAY F R I E N DS H I P GOA L S ? ! ”

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he girls knew it was time for new equipment and a new location. They prayerfully chose to make the jump to buy a new automatic screenprinting press named Bertha. Bertha wasn’t in the twocar garage very long! They quickly ran out of room and found retail space at 802 W. Chickasha Ave. in Chickasha, Oklahoma. This was their first time to have their own space to sell retail. In the beginning, the store front was sparse with just a few shirt racks, but when you visit the store today you’ll see it is filled with awesome T’s, accessories, and more!

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his trio has worked hard and are incredibly thankful God gave their dream wings to thrive so that they can now bless others. Wing T’s donates to local schools, events, and fundraisers. They also raise money each month for different charities with their Blessing T’s. Sara, Jenn, and Shelle always make sure their employees, often called the Wing T’s Family, are taken care of both at work and away from work. They really are the dream team! SHOPW INGTS.COM

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“WING T’S WO U L D H AV E N E V E R CO M E TO B E WITHOUT HER ABILITY TO D R E A M BIG DREAMS AND SEE THEM T H RO U G H . ”

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ara is the brain hurricane generator of Wing T’s! She is an abundance of new, big ideas and dreams which is how Wing T’s came to be in the first place. After excitedly sharing the next Wing T journey she’s dreaming up (see pg. 23 for the step by step brain hurricane photos), the rest of the girls often hear themselves saying, “We don’t know how to do that, but I’m sure we can learn!” Although Sara likes to have fun and play hard, she isn’t afraid to do the hard work to make her dreams come true. Her energy and zeal are contagious and help the Wing T’s Family stay motivated through every season.

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ara has been married to her soul mate, Josh, for 20 years. They have two beautiful daughters, Jayden and Taylor. Jayden will be a senior at Rush Springs High School this year and later plans to attend college and run track. Taylor, whose passion is cheerleading, will be a sophomore in high school.

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ara drives monumental growth at Wing T’s as well as in the lives of her friends and family. Wing T’s would have never come to be without her ability to dream big dreams and see them through!

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“ A LT H O U G H J E N N I S N O LO N G E R I N T H E C LAS S ROO M , S H E CO N T I N U ES TO T E AC H , L E A D , A N D G U I D E US I N M A N Y WAYS . ”

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ennifer Heavin is the Wing T Unicorn! She can take any design idea, even those scribbled on a sticky note, and turn them into an amazing design. Jenn is the system queen! She helps us get on a system that keeps us organized and paying attention to all the details. Her gift and ability to do this, makes our customer service EXCELLENT! In 2010 when Wing T’s began she ran the office all by herself. She created the designs, ordered shirts, invoiced customers, and sometimes even helped sort shirts. As the company continued to grow, Celia and Ciara helped lighten her load, and allowed her more time to focus on designing and more of the day to day operations of the business.

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“ M N I A P ROV I T, SA M LA U T QUAT I S QU E CO N S EQU I VO LU PTAT U R ? ”

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efore the Wing T dream was birthed, Jenn spent her days in a classroom, educating, organizing, and shaping young minds. She was a teacher at Ninnekah Public Schools for 14 years. She married her best friend, Chad Heavin, 23 years ago. They have two sons, Cade and Case, and a farm littered with cows. Although Jenn is no longer in the classroom she continues to teach, lead, and guide us in many ways. Our dream team wouldn’t be complete without her!

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helle Miller is the work horse here at Wing Ts. She keeps us motivated and on track. There are many days we (Sara) like to procrastinate and put things off for the next day, but Ms. Shelle always pushes us to “Just get it done!” She is always willing to do the hard things others don’t want to do, and she is a true team player. Shelle has done just about every job in the company, except for designing. She is also one of the most loyal people you will ever meet.

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s. Shelle was every 4 year olds’ favorite person before she came to Wing T’s. She was a Pre-K teacher’s aide at Ninnekah Public Schools for 10 years. She has been married to her husband, Michael Miller, for 29 years. They have two sons, Nolan and Jake Miller. Nolan is a recent Business Graduate from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Jake is currently serving our country in the United States Air Force. This horse would be a slow walker without Ms. Shelle, she definitely moves us to race horse status.


“ S H E I S A LWAYS W I L L I N G TO D O THE HARD THINGS T H AT OT H E RS AREN’T WILLING TO D O. ”

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B L ES S I N G T ’ S

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n 2010, when Wing T’s took flight, the vision was always to use the company God built to truly be His hands and feet. The first 5 years we have tried to be sure to use every opportunity He’s given us to reach out. In 2015 we had the dream to reach out even more and be a part of something bigger than ourselves. This dream gave birth to the Blessing T.

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ach month we partner with different organizations to Be a Blessing to those who need it most. ALL net proceeds of each Blessing T will be donated to the organization recognized for that month.

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ou can make a difference too! When you buy our Blessing T’s and tell your friends to buy them too, you are blessing others in need with your purchase.

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ur heart may have started small, but together with your help we know we can continue to do bigger things. To leave a mark of Love, a piece of Hope, and a touch of Healing on this world.

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2020 SO FA R 1

ICAN IN HONOR OF HAILEY JANUARY

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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE FEBRUARY

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MCKENZIE HORTON DIFFERENCE MAKER SCHOLARSHIP MARCH

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THE DIFFERENCE MAKER SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF BENN PARR APRIL

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CLAY CHANEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND MAY

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ALZHEIMER’S AS SOC I AT I O N JULY BLESSING T

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here’s still time to be a blessing this July! This month’s Blessing T will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. We have partnered with this organization for the past three years of our Blessing T program. As stated on their website, the Alzheimer’s Association is the, “largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is committed to advancing vital research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.”

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hey are also the leaders in advocacy for Alzheimer’s patients and affected families. They work hard to make sure those who suffer have voices by fighting to keep scientific research and studies going at the state and federal levels. They also make sure those who need it most recieve proper care.

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e a blessing this July. Buy the Alzheimer’s association Blessing T NOW at shopwingts. com or to find more information his organization is working on this awesome organization you toward a future without can visit alz.org. Alzheimer’s or other forms of dimentia. They provide support and resources for patients both locally and world wide.

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“ T H E R E ’ S ST I L L T I M E TO B E A B L ES S I N G T H I S M O N T H ! J U LY ’ S B L ES S I N G T W I L L B E N E F I T T H E A L Z H E I M E R ’ S AS SOC I AT I O N . ” SHOPW INGTS.COM

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AUGUST BLESSING T

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eet Our August Blessing T! We have partnered with Wyatt’s Wings every year since the first round of Blessing T’s made their debuts in 2016. You can see the 2016 T pictured to the right. The month of August is set aside for this organization because we believe their mission is worth investing in and the founders are near and dear to our hearts.

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yatt’s Wings was started by Kelly and Kelly Boatwright after the loss of their son, Wyatt, at just 99 days old. Wyatt was born with Skeletal Dysplasia - Dwarfism. Wyatt outlived the doctors’ life expectancy by 99 days!

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he Boatwrights started a blog to keep family and friends up to date on Wyatt’s health. You can still read his full story on their website and find other ways to donate to their organization.

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he mission at Wyatt’s Wings is to provide assistance to parents of children with dwarfism, terminally ill children, children in need of long term Neonatal Intensive Care and assistance with funeral services in the event of loss of life. Visit their website at www.wyattswings.org to read the 99 Days Blog and learn more!

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B E A U T I F U L DAY FO U N DAT I O N SEPTEMBER BLESSING T

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his September, you can be a blessing by supporting the Beautiful Day Foundation. This organization started simply with the desire to make elementary school kids feel special on their big day - their birthday!

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he Beautiful Day Foundation understands that every child has a need to feel loved and to feel special. They want to ensure that every student feels they truly belong where they go to school each and every day. Celebrating their birthday each year in a fun way is one way they help these young students stay connected and know they are loved.

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ccording to their site, they celebrate by throwing awesome bithday parties once a month in various elementary schools, “celebrating every kid with a birthday that month. Balloons! Cards! Singing! All of it! We gather community volunteers to sit with them and tell them face-to-face, “The day they were born was a BEAUTIFUL DAY!”

“WE... TELL T H E M FAC E TO - FAC E , ‘ T H E DAY THEY WERE BO R N WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY ! ”

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his will be our first year to partner with this organization, and we can’t wait to show you their very own, unique Blessing T on September 1st! For more information about the Beautiful Day Foundation, visit them at beautifuldayfoundation.net.

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TEAM

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BRAIN HURRICANE

WING T’S

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ereldene Chaney is our Mama Bear at Wing Ts, or as some of our kids call her, Gran. She joined the Wing T Family in 2017 and we’ve been eating good ever since then. Gereldene cooks us lunch a few times a week and makes a cheesecake that will adjust your waist size pretty quick, but it’s amazing. Gereldene works hard at everything she does. She works the press with Sam and she cleans just about everything and anything.

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ereldene has been married to Mark, her HS Sweetheart, for 32 years. They have 4 amazing children, Melanie, Amber, and the twins Cody and Clay. Clay went home to be with Jesus in May of 2017. After Clay’s death, Mark pushed Gereldene to get a job, to get out of the house. She came to interview with us in August 2017. She says that she needed us, but we all needed her too. She is one of the strongest women we know and we are proud to call her family.

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SAMANTHA DENNIS

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amantha Dennis joined the Wing T family in 2016. Sam is incredibly artistic and not afraid of creativity. She is our mixologist. When the design team creates a design, most of the times the colors we love do not live in the primary color wheel, and probably aren’t actually real colors. We explain them to Sam and she mixes them right up, she is always up for a challenge.

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ike many creative dreamers, Sam has a bucket list. One of the dreams on her list was to paint a mural. In Wing T fashion we worked together incorporating the dream team and the design team and came up with a mural that we all loved. Sam took the design from paper to brick and her dream of painting a mural became reality. (You can take your photo with this amazing mural on the east side of our building) Sam is a vital piece of bringing our creativity to life, we wouldn’t be complete without her.

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CELIA GARRETT

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elia Garrett showed up on the scene to help us survive Christmas 2017. She completely took the reins at the Chickasha Festival of Light Gift Shop that we have there every year. She did such a fantastic job, we decided we couldn’t live without her. She officially joined the Wing T Family and our lives have been better ever since. If you are contacting us about custom designs or looking for quotes, Celia is your girl. She can remember every single number in our catalog and probably can remember exactly what style shirt you ordered a year ago.

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hen Celia was in HS, Wing T’s was still located in Sara’s one car garage. Celia would come by and help finish up jobs while the girls watched their favorite shows together. Back then she just worked for Pizza and snacks! She is always helpful, always dependable, and always gets the job done! We couldn’t be happier to have her in the family!

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B R I T TO N HILL

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ritton Hill is our very own galaxy shoe wearing creative weirdo! Creativity just spills out of her. She began her journey with Wing T’s in 2015. She broke us through the digital world in October 2015 with the launch of our website. She pushed us to create a vision statement and she is a crucial part of the puzzle that makes us more than just everyone’s favorite T. Britton is an empath and incredibly kind and very intelligent.

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he married the love of her life, Lance Hill, in 2016. They have three beautiful children, Cason, Avalyn, and Easton. Britton works her creative magic from home while raising her babies.

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iara has grown to be the chaos coordinator. In 2015, she became part of the Wing T family. She started cutting vinyl and doing screen prep. She then learned the ins and outs of the press and began printing tshirts. In 2016, she moved to the office and has been helping Jenn coordinate the chaos ever since then. She is incredibly organized. She is always helpful. She is the social media queen, orders all of our shirts,

sorts them for orders, and keeps us straight! iara married her High School Sweetheart, Dalton Johnson, in 2017. Her husband served in the USMC and was stationed in California. We loaded up a Uhaul and moved her, along with her office to 29 Palms. In 2019, we celebrated them coming back home and Ciara coming back to the office with us. We are very excited for her to be back home.

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DA H L LY W I L SO N

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ahlly Wilson is an ALL STAR on the Wing T’s team! She was hired in 2014 shortly after Wing T’s landed our first brick and mortar location and ventured into retail!

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ahlly has spent time in every position. She can help on the press printing shirts, she can cut vinyl, she can design t-shirts, and she is amazing at customer care! She LOVES our fans!

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e have had the privilege to watch Dahlly grow up. In 2017 we watched her marry her high school sweetheart, Jacob Wilson. In 2019 we celebrated as she launched her own business, Glow Esthetics. In 2021 we are so excited to welcome Baby Wilson to the world!

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IN THE NEXT ISSUE

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hank you for reading HeartBeat Magazine by Wing T’s! We can’t wait for our next issue to be published. Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll see in our next, quarterly publication:

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The last 3 Blessing T’s of 2020

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Feature story on a Wing T’s Wholesaler

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A special sneak peak at our annual Christmas Reveal

YO U D O N ’ T WA N T TO M I S S I T !

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