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Waterloo Community Foundation designs t-shirts to support first responders

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - The pandemic has been overwhelming for many first responders. In response, the Waterloo Community Foundation decided to design t-shirts to support them.

From firefighters to nurses, all the proceeds give our frontline workers extra security where it's needed most.

Knowing this would be the toughest time for first responders,
the foundation's president, Wilfred Johnson said they wanted to lend a helping hand in any way they can.

"Waterloo, we want to be proactive, so whatever you can do, even a kind word towards first responders make sure you make that known because its imperative that we support the first responders," Johnson said, "they're the first line, they're the first line of defense fighting the pandemic and who knows where this is going to be tomorrow."

"KWWL" also spoke with the Waterloo Fire Chief, Pat Treloar, and the CEO of the People's Community Clinic, Chris Kemp about what the foundation's efforts mean to them. Both agreed it will benefit their departments in the long run.

"Any amount of fund will help and we think the t-shirts are an excellent design and that people should purchase them," Treloar said.

"It makes me in awe. I've been blown away by the support the t-shirts have done to see the people who really have come forward," Kemp said, "Whether that's buying shirts or making masks you know you put the call out there and people are stepping forward."

The foundation has printed two hundred shirts and hopes to sell all of them.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • t-shirts are $15
  • sales go straight to the support fund
  • can be bought here
  • the foundation will make more if sold out

If you're interested in buying a shirt, or making a donation, click here.

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Alaina Kwan

Morning Reporter

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