Ask for Help Tee // Multiple Colors
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Every month we create a limited, exclusive tee. These shirts are tied to a unique charity that is not one of our regular charity partnerships. The shirt is only available for purchase for one week and may not show up on our storefront after the purchasing period is up.
Earlier this week around 9 pm, we got a knock on our front door. I turned on the porch light and saw that it was an older man and his dog. Before today, I had never seen this man. I recalled that I had seen him that afternoon in my neighbors front yard and thought nothing of it... I was obviously surprised to see him here at my front door late at night and to be honest, was annoyed. As soon as I opened the door and said "Hi. How's it going?", he responded with 4 words:
"It's not. I'm done."
I wasn't really sure what he meant, but noticed he was shaking and beginning to cry. He asked if I could keep his dog because he was "just done" and then asked if I could call 911 for him. As my initial annoyance turned to worry, I called 911 and explained the situation. While I was on the phone, I kept trying to ask the man questions to keep him talking and stop him from walking away from me back into the night. I saw he was walking towards a car (which turned out to be where he was living) in front of my neighbors and as he was getting in he cried out "please tell them to hurry."
I couldn't see into his car because it was fogged up and dark outside. The cops were now apparently on their way but each minute they did not come felt like agony. I wrestled between the fear that he might give up in this timeframe and my own fear to go over to his car and keep talking to him. I honestly felt like I might have been the last person he would ever talk to and started wondering if I should be doing more. After 20 long minutes, the police finally arrived. Thankfully, my new friend was still okay and agreed to go with the police for the night for a mental health check.
But my heart was changed. I had never looked into the eyes of such hopelessness before. I had never actually been in a situation like that. I couldn't believe that a complete stranger would choose our house and ask me for help in such a dire circumstance.
We're 2 years out from the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Depression and suicide rates are both at a 30 year high. Chances are you are either going through some really hard stuff or know someone that is. It's more important now than ever to recognize the signs that someone might need help. For our charity of the month, we're partnering up with Hope For The Day. HFTD specializes in outreach, education, and action to equip people with the right tools to be able to handle the type of situation that I went through earlier this week. With each shirt sale, we will donate 20% of the profits to this cause. There is always a stigma associated with needing help. We want to end that.
You are so loved. Please know that it's okay to ask for help.
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- Unisex Sizing (S-XXL)
- Colors: Navy, Black, Mustard
- 100% ring spun cotton
- 6.1 oz. Comfort Colors
- Created in WRAP Certified facilities (learn about WRAP here)
- Fits true to size