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LowcoStrong effort to help nonprofits hurt by COVID-19 pandemic

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From staff reports

LowcoSports is partnering with local charities and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic for the “LowcoStrong” campaign that launched Friday, April 10.

“I was scrolling Facebook the other day, which we’re all doing a lot of these days, and I saw a friend in Kansas was promoting her T-shirt campaign to raise money for local relief efforts,” LowcoSports founder Justin Jarrett said. “So I did what I do best — I took her idea and ran with it.”

Jarrett reached out to Hilton Head Island-based nonprofit Pockets Full of Sunshine to discuss the idea, then pulled in other advisors, including Elise Simons of the Lowcountry Volleyball Club, and the team developed
a plan.

Limited edition “LowcoStrong” T-shirts are available in men’s and women’s styles, as well as youth medium and large sizes. Each style of shirt is available in three colors — navy, white, and gray. Shirts are $20 each (plus $2 for 2XL and above), and $10 from each shirt sold will go to a local charity. Some of the local organizations that have already jumped on board are The Bargain Box of Hilton Head, Bluffton Self Help, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), The Deep Well Project, HELP of Beaufort, Hopeful Horizons. Hungry Heart Restaurant Worker Relief Fund. Pockets Full of Sunshine, United Way of the Lowcountry Serving Beaufort and Jasper counties, Al Stern Memorial Scholarship Fund (Low Country Volleyball), Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.

Special adults from Pockets Full of Sunshine will also be involved with the screen printing of the shirts and create handmade tags from home that will be applied to the shirts before they are delivered.

Jarrett also has reached out to additional charities and area high school booster clubs about joining in the community-wide fundraiser.

“Many of these great charities have taken a huge fundraising hit, especially with the loss of the RBC Heritage Presented By Boeing and numerous other popular spring events that are big fundraisers for them,” Jarrett said. “And many of our local residents are more reliant on charity than ever. We have to work together to lift everyone up. That’s what being ‘LowcoStrong’ is all about.”

Orders can be placed at https://tinyurl.com/whafgy3. Orders must be placed by midnight on April 20 and invoices must be paid by noon on April 21. Jarrett and volunteers from LowcoSports and the participating charities will deliver the shirts in early May.

EDITOR’S NOTE

In the interest of full disclosure, Justin Jarrett is the former editor-in-chief and the current sports editor of The Island News, and LowcoSports provides sports content on a regular basis for The Island News.

Want to help?

What: LowcoSports’ LowcoStrong campaign

When: Through Monday, April 20

Where: Order at https://tinyurl.com/whafgy3

How it works: LowcoSports T-shirts are sold for $20 each with $10 from each going to Lowcounty nonprofits who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nonprofits that can benefit: The Bargain Box of Hilton Head, Bluffton Self Help, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), The Deep Well Project, HELP of Beaufort, Hopeful Horizons. Hungry Heart Restaurant Worker Relief Fund. Pockets Full of Sunshine, United Way of the Lowcountry Serving Beaufort and Jasper counties, Al Stern Memorial Scholarship Fund (Low Country Volleyball), Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.

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