Undated -- It's been three weeks. Three weeks since three lives were lost and hundreds of people's lives were changed because of the Boston bombing.
While we wanted the people responsible to be caught, what we really wanted was to send some sort of comfort or help to the people hurting.
And that is how BOSTON STRONG came to be. Two college students came up with the phrase and a t-shirt to raise money and support for victims. Emerson University students Chris Dobins and Nick Reynolds say, "We were thinking along the lines of live strong, army strong, you know, it's that sort of phrase and we decided that that would be a simply effective mantra for Boston coming back and rising up."
Simple but effective. So effective, that in just under three weeks they've sold 50-thousand tshirts and raised more than $760,000 for ONE FUND, which benefits Boston bombing victims and their families.It was set up by the governor.
But charity copy cats have caught on and they're also making t-shirts with the same wording. Their proceeds may not support the same charity or any charity.
"You want to look at the merchandise see if there's anything on there that tells you that it's going to the one fund and what percentage of it is going to the fund or take the time to check out their website or ask the merchant directly."
Chris and Nick's shirt costs $20. Five dollars goes to production the other $15 to ONE FUND.
"Really the best thing people can do, is research, if they find us, share it with people who really want to get involved because that's the way the good word is going to spread."
Chris and Nick's BOSTON STRONG t-shirt is only sold at www.inktothepeople.com.
You can check out any charity nationwhide look at Give.org and GuideStar.org. Simple searches on either of these two sites can help you figure out if the charity you're about to give to is legit.
To look at charities listed in our state Secretary of State Charitable Solicitation Licensing