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Housing Advocates Are Selling T-Shirts To Fund Uptown's Tent Encampments

By Josh McGhee | October 19, 2016 8:05am
 The t-shirts are free with a $20 in-person donation or a $30 online donation, the group said.
The t-shirts are free with a $20 in-person donation or a $30 online donation, the group said.
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Courtesy of Uptown Tent City

UPTOWN — Uptown Tent City organizers are giving away T-shirts in exchange for donations to buy tents for the neighborhood's homeless.

The shirts are printed by BellyAcres, 2946 N. Western Ave., which "believes in helping others and being active in our community." The T-shirts are free with a $20 in-person donation or a $30 online donation,  that also covers the cost of shipping, according to its website.

"In every possible way, you are helping people experiencing homelessness. You are promoting the cause, directly providing tents and BellyAcres profits go to support the Cornerstone homeless shelters in Uptown Chicago," the website for Uptown Tent City said.

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After deducting the cost of the shirts and shipping, the rest of the money goes toward things like tents, tarps and hand warmers, said Yehuda Rothschild, a founder of Tent City Organizers, adding that last year more than 100 people benefited from the donations.

Donations from T-shirts and other fundraising efforts probably will raise enough for about 50 tents, Rothschild said.

To make arrangements to donate in person click here. To donation online, click here.

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