Students sell shirts to help hurricane victims

Sarah Guth, Correspondent

Wilkes University is selling T-shirts to help many of the Hurricane Sandy victims.

Kyle Wolfe, senior communications studies major, and John Sweeney, senior accounting and business major, started Wilkes Cares to raise money for the relief effort. They were just going to make one shirt that said “Jersey Strong” but because more states were affected, they decided to create other shirts as well.

Wolfe and Sweeney came up with the ideas for the shirts, made some rough sketches and sent those to Futuristic Innovative Graphics, which sent back the final product.

Futuristic will also be making the T-shirts to help relief. More the half of the cost of each shirt will be donated.

Students can preorder the shirts in the Henry Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. between 11-1 this week (DATES?). An event page on Facebook named Wilkes Cares has a link to a Google page. That site was created to provide people who do not go to Wilkes a way to order the shirts.

There are many different designs and colors that can be seen on the Facebook page. Shirts cost $10 for sizes S to XL and $12 for 2XL and up. Wilkes is also willing to ship shirts to people who are not in the area. Those shirts will cost $15.

“The money is going to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy,” Wolfe said. “We are donating to local organizations in the affected areas.”

Wolfe and Sweeney said they know people who were affected by the storm, which is why they wanted to help out and show then that Wilkes University cares.

“I think students at Wilkes would want to help because they can get involved even though we aren’t in the affected areas,” Wolfe said. “We always talk about Wilkes getting involved in the community, but when another community is affected, it is nice to see we can also get involved to help them as well.”

Sweeney added: “It is important for us to show support even if we’re not personally affected because a large portion of our campus community was. Wilkes is like a family and part of being a family is supporting your members in their time of need. It is good for the Wilkes community to help the states in need because we would want the help and support if it happened to us.”

For information go to Wilkes Cares at https://sites.google.com/site/wilkescaresshirts/, or to Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/278614222259602/