An apparel store has made “We Are Marshall” T-shirts to donate all of the proceeds to families affected by Tuesday’s shooting at Marshall County High School, and a Lexington retailer is now following suit.
Action Sports in Paducah announced at 6:53 p.m. Tuesday that it was selling its special-made Marshall County shirts to support the community. By Wednesday night, it said on Facebook that it already sold 3,228 shirts and will be donating $32,280 to the families.
Updated sale numbers were not available Thursday afternoon, but a store employee said a local businessman made a large purchase that will nearly double its sales. The man paid for the cost of what would be 2,500 shirts, equating to $25,000.
“I want to thank the people of our community who came to our store today and purchased shirts to support the victim’s of yesterday’s tragedy,” the store wrote in a Facebook note Wednesday. “We are in contact with representatives of the families and school to make sure your money goes to those who need it most.”
Due to an overwhelming response, T-shirt sales are available at actionsportspaducah.com and no longer by telephone.
Shipping is not currently available, but the store hopes to be able to ship shirts next week.
Lacy Halligan, a nurse at The Cecil Clinic in Paducah, posted a picture of her and her co-workers wearing the shirts from Action Sports.
Lexington-based retailer Shop Local Kentucky is selling blue and orange “Kentucky Strong” shirts and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the victims’ families.
As of 6:30 a.m. Friday, the store had raised $35,000 in the first 12 hours of sales online, according to LEX 18.
The shirts will be available at its Woodland Avenue location beginning Friday.
Twenty-three students were injured and two were killed when a 15-year-old student entered the high school’s commons Tuesday and opened fire.