Two t-shirts are trending in Charlotte this week, after Hurricane Florence swept across the Carolinas and left severe flooding in its wake. More than 1 million people were evacuated.
The sporty one
Long-known for turning to t-shirt sales as a way to support the causes he cares about, Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera revealed his latest design on Monday: A gray shirt with a map of North Carolina and South Carolina. Across the border line are the words: “We share more than a state line.”
The shirts were designed by Charlotte-based Recover Brands and are being produced in Spartanburg. According to the #CAREolinas website (an information hub for hurricane recovery created by Visit North Carolina and Discover South Carolina), all t-shirt proceeds will go straight to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund and One SC Fund for hurricane recovery efforts.
Get them: T-shirts can be purchased here for $20. As of Thursday morning, more than 7,200 shirts had been sold. They will be available for at least another month, according to the website.
The fan-girl one
They’re a little (weather) nerdy, but adorable. Fans of Charlotte’s weather crush, chief meteorologist Brad Panovich of WCNC, united to launch FANovich t-shirts. According to the I’m a FANovich Facebook page, “What began as a funny joke between moms who love Brad Panovich, our adored local chief meteorologist… has grown into an unbelievable way to give back to the Carolinas for Hurricane Florence relief efforts.”
It all started when a private Facebook group of Charlotte moms (and Brad Panovich fan-girls) pitched in to collect restaurant gift cards for Panovich, who was working around the clock during the hurricane to provide coverage of the storm’s path.
“Really the purpose was for Brad to know that his hard work and dedication and his passion toward teaching us has not gone unnoticed,” said Amanda McGrath to WCNC. McGrath is a member of the moms’ Facebook group, who reached out to Panovich’s wife to offer support.
The moms brought in more cash than expected, so they decided to launch the t-shirt campaign to raise even more funds, for a bigger cause. The two designs have different blue base colors, with the line “I’m a Brad FANovich” or “Brad Pitt. Brad Paisley. Brad Panovich.” Now, t-shirt proceeds will support charities involved in Hurricane Florence relief efforts.
Get them: T-shirts can be purchased here for $20 (and $18 for a youth size). According to the Facebook page, 1,800 shirts were sold in less than 24 hours. They will only be available through Sept. 28.