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This post isn’t a submission but I want to share the story that was in the e-mail I received from Sammy at Connect and Spread Love:

My company, Connect and Spread Love, is a fashion company aimed at inspiring and motivating people to be the best person they can be. We have inspirational shirts and bracelets for now. I will be releasing sweaters, long-sleeve shirts, hats, and beanies during the winter time. I came up with idea to create this line when I was battling depression after pretty much losing my way. I dropped out of law school, was struggling financially, I dealt with countless sleepless nights, and battled my eating disorders and lost. Although I had a lot of things to be happy about, I just couldn’t seem to smile. I was unemployed, undereducated, and lost in the world.

Luckily, I dug out of that hole and came up with a concept with that person in mind. I truly want to motivate and inspire others to never be the way I was, or worse. A portion of my sales will go to some foundations. Currently, I am working with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

I hear a lot of stories from people about how they started their business, usually it’s along the lines of “we couldn’t find anything we wanted in stores so decided to start our own label” which is fine (though I never believe it, everyone has brands they like), but it’s really great to see a genuinely inspirational story about how someone took a painful part of their life and are channeling it into something positive both for themselves and others.

When Sammy first got in touch a few weeks ago all that was available on the site was logo gear, and with all the best will in the world these days you need more than logo gear for a charity t-shirt company. It was great to see that over the past week a load of new designs got added to the store, they’re pre-orders, but some of them will be shipping in a couple of weeks, and it gives me a much better idea of where this brand will be going and what they’re trying to do.

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I’m really late posting this weeks designs from Sevenly, but you’ve still got a few days to pick something up, and this week $7 from each item will be going to Lettercase, a charity that helps provide information to support to parents who are expecting a baby with Down Syndrome. The other big news at Sevenly is that the guy with a long, flowing mane of hair (which I think is just tied back in the shot above) has shaved off his magnificent mustache!

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One of the interesting things about Sevenly supporting a different charity each week is that it means we get to find out about causes that may have otherwise passed us by. This week they are raising money for the Sweet Nectar Society, a new organization that has brought together talented photographers in California to take photographs of children that are undergoing treatment for serious illnesses and injuries so provide their family with beautifully shot long lasting memories of their child. It’s not the kind of thing that you immediately think of when you think of charity, there’s no one in a lab trying to cure cancer, but it’s a service that would be really invaluable to those that receive it.

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And that, ladies and gentleman, is a title worthy of a very local newspaper, clearly I’ve missed my calling!

This week at Sevenly they are supporting the charity 4PAWS For Ability, an orangisation that provides service dogs for children that suffer from seizures. I was unsure what the connection was, but apparently the dogs are really good at detecting when a child is having a seizure (which apparently isn’t always obvious to a parent) and the dogs are also a great comfort to the kids which helps reduce the frequency and severity of seizures. Sounds like a very worthy cause to me, and has resulted in some lovely designs. Cool to see them complimenting the usual range of tees and tank tops with that classy dog leash and even a dog-sized hoodie, even if I do roll my eyes when I see a dog dressed in anything.

As usual $7 from each sale goes directly to the charity and the designs are available in more styles than those shown above.

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Sevenly support TAPS this week

by Andy on May 21, 2013

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I’m sure that a lot of you will have heard of TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), a charity that helps the families of people that have lost someone who was serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. There’s almost a danger of t-shirt designs around this subject being too patriotic, but Sevenly have managed to create designs that can appeal across national lines since I’d wear these even though I’m not American.

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im 03 1024x1024 480x640 Im a dog person t shirt from Givve to help the Nebraska Humane Society
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Givve are a charity t-shirt company along the same lines of Sevenly, picking a charity and selling designs specifically produced to help raise them some money. Givve are based in Omaha, Nebraska and at the moment they’re keeping it local with their charitable efforts, offering $6.55 from the sale of each of these shirts (and a couple of other designs on the site) to the Humane Society of Nebraska. It’s a good design (provided you like dogs, of course) and even if you’re out of Nebraska, as most people are, it’ll feel good to help out in another part of the world.

Costiness=$22 Buy it at Givve

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Three gorgeous designs as usual at Sevenly to send $7 per item towards Love Without Boundaries, a charity that gives orphaned children with birth defects the surgery they need and help to give them a family in a permanent home.

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3.14 480x226 More awesome tees for a depresing cause at Sevenly
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I am constantly impressed by the quality of designs at Sevenly, but it’s so depressing hearing about all the people that they’re helping with their charity donations. Can’t a guy just bury his head in the sand and enjoy the fantastic artwork?

This week $7 from every tee sale if going to the Polaris Project, which works to help fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

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3.12 480x227 1 shirt can saves the lives of 14 African children at Sevenly this week
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I’m usually fairly cynical about charity t-shirt sites, Sevenly has proven to be an exception since they always (always!) have good looking tees and give a good portion of the shirt cost to charity, but the effect that this weeks donation can give has really floored me. As usual, buying a shirt from Sevenly will result in $7 going to their chosen charity of the week, which this week is End7, a charity dedicated to eliminating seven neglected tropical diseases by 2020, a lofty goal, but why aim low when you’re dealing with diseases?

You’d think it would be quite expensive protect children from seven different diseases, but it’s actually just 50c, and that’s not for one dose, that’s protection for a whole year, so your $7 will ensure that 14 kids don’t get “elephantiasis, river blindness, trachoma, snail fever, hookworm, whipworm and roundworm.” It’s amazing just how much of a difference such a small amount of money can make.

Also, the designs look great!

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3.9 480x226 Sevenly fight domestic this week with a new bunch of designs
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Sevenly have teamed up with Next Door (a charity fighting domestic abuse) to raise some money for their important work. As usual the designs are top notch, they seem to always have a solid line-up of designs over at Sevenly. $7 from each sale goes directly to the charity so if you like any of the designs then pick one up and feel better about yourself for helping someone out!

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Sevenly support Austism Speaks this week

by Andy on April 4, 2013

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Sevenly have partnered with Autism Speaks this week, giving $7 from each sale as usual to help the charity. Five very nice designs available in various styles and colourways, have at it!

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3.5 480x226 Well designed but depressing t shirts about gendercide in India this week at Sevenly
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Sevenly is a t-shirt company that focus on a different cause every week, releasing different designs in support of a single charity that is usually centred around a cause. This week the charity is The Invisible Girl Project, which rescues and protects girls in India. India is a society where the young help to support the old, but it’s also a country where women face many economic disadvantages to men in the workplace, this has created the horrific situation in which young girls (some just newborns) are abandoned or killed by their parents or family because they are seen as not being able to provide value to the family (I’m not an expert so I may have got a little bit of that wrong, but I think that’s the general gist of it). This of course isn’t the case everywhere in India, but there are places where this practice occurs, presumably in the very poor regions where having to feed and raise another child is seen as impossible by the mother. It is inredibly sad and one of those things that makes you realise just how easy your life is.

Clearly, the t-shirts are very well designs, there’s some beautiful typography in there and they’re all very wearable, but I think that I would just find them to be too sad. Imagine having to tell the story every time that someone asked you about your cool shirt? I guess that’s me burying my head in the sand a bit, but I’ve got to be honest and say what came to mind when I saw these. Still, if you’re a bigger man (or woman) than I and want to help give this issue more exposure whilst donating $7 from each purchase to the charity then I recommend you head over and check out the different garment options.

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Threadless : New and Reprinted (04.03.13)

by DeeHYA on March 4, 2013

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Ooh Threadless your website still freaks me out, I much preferred it before all of the changes, I simply do not like change! Some pretty cool newbie and reprinted tees on the site though, I’m also particularly loving their Toy Story Collection.

Speaking of Toy Story one of my fave parts of the move is the bits involving the aliens.  Teealiens by Sinan Ozdemir is very simple but sums up the move really well in one tee, I reckon about 90% of people will get the movie from this. Absolutely delighted they are doing this in baby and toddler sizes, not sure why they’ve missed out kids though.

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Another green tee for you in this blogette! Mixing together Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Doctor Who, I think I just had a Threadless-gasm! There is nothing I don’t like about this tee, it’s super original and Adventure Awaits by Karen Hallion is sure to be one of those tees that is reprinted again and again.

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On now for something a bit darker in colour, I Met A Robot by Danny Burgess looks expensive, I think it is because of the combo of Brown with a Goldy colour print. Sadly this hasn’t been reprinted for girls, looks pretty cool on the hoody too.

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Feel like it’s cheating blogging this tee, it’s an oldie but a goodie though. I really want it, my Xbox avatar has it for cryin’ out loud! Mister Mittens’ Big Adventure by Joe Van Wetering is a Threadless fave, it’s an explosion of colour and kitty with hex vision joy. There is nothing not to love about this tee

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Charity Tee Alert! Invasion by Jose Pablo Ingles Casao is a lovely monotone City Scape with Space Invaders all over it. 25% of sales from each of these tees go to support The Leapyear Project. I’m somewhat confused about what the charity does from the site but I think it’s helping people achieve their aims.

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Lastly, ha! I got to type Threadless into Threadless. I got sent one of these awesome quality tees. I can’t get over how much I love it, I love having ‘Threadless’ emblazoned on my wabs! It’s amazing and all Threadless fans need one. Word. This is Threadless Tee by Threadless! OOoooh loads of Threadless in that paragraph.

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Post image for Coffee & Cigarettes release a hoodie & crew neck, and do some charity work

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If I were to be completely honest, and I might as well be because this is my site, I don’t really care for the C&CCC crew neck. If you’re closer to the brand and a supporter of Coffee & Cigarettes then you’re probably going to like it, but there’s not enough there for a casual fan like me since it’s just a circle and a bit of text. The hoodie on the other hand is a different matter altogether, it’s still a circle and text but it’s just so much more interesting. It’s $40 for the hoodie, and the same for the crew neck.

Apart from releasing clothes C&CCC have also been doing their bit for charity by releasing a compilation of punk, hardcore and indie brands to benefit a hunger charity called Action Against Hunger, which I wholeheartedly recommend you check out here: http://www. coffeeandcigarettesclothingco. bandcamp.com

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Post image for “I STILL LOVE NY” Hurricane Sandy relief T-Shirt by Sebastian Errazuriz

I know that Hurricane Sandy is largely a memory for many of us outside the East coast of the USA, but I am quite sure that life there for a lot of people is still very tough, so even though me posting this Sandy Relief shirt is a bit late, it is a really great looking shirt that takes one of the few truly iconic t-shirt designs and puts a meaningful twist on it. Nicely done.

Costiness=$40 Buy it at Grey Area

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