T-shirt company partners with Food For ThoughtWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Local T-shirt company Glass Wear has launched a new website that includes online ordering for its Toledo pride-themed shirts.
The company also recently partnered with local nonprofit Food for Thought to donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of each shirt to provide food for local people in need.
“I just really love what Food for Thought is doing. They really appealed to me,” said Tim Marshall, who started Glass Wear with his friend and fellow Toledo native Brandon Erickson in April 2012. “I was looking for someone who had the same passion and focus as we do and wanted to improve where we live. I just feel like they get it. We have a common goal of making where we live better. It just kind of made sense.”
Glass Wear has always donated some of its proceeds to various local nonprofits, but Food for Thought will be its first long-term partnership.
“It’s great,” said Sam Melden, Food for Thought’s chief thought officer. “It just shows some of the creativity that can happen when you partner together.”
Marshall and Melden met at an Arts Commission Art Walk a few years ago.
“With Sam, the connection was instant,” Marshall said. “I thought, ‘This guy is doing things right.’”
Glass Wear’s donation equates to 13.6 pounds of food per T-shirt sold, Marshall said.
“We’re hoping to double that in the next year with the launch of the Web page,” Marshall said. “That will really cut down our costs and we’ll be able to give more.”
Glass Wear sold T-shirts during the July Art Walk, resulting in a donation of more than 250 pounds of food to Food for Thought, Marshall said.
The desire to give back was instilled in Marshall by his parents; his mom worked at a local homeless shelter and his father worked with inner city churches.
“We weren’t necessarily the richest people. That idea of not being sure where the next meal is coming from hits home sometimes,” Marshall said. “That’s always been ingrained in my brain from early childhood, that you do what you can with what you have. We really think Food for Thought is doing it correctly.”
Marshall said he’s excited about moving into online ordering. Website orders can be shipped or picked up at Starbucks at Westgate, 3305 W. Central Ave., from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
“We’re looking at some unique packaging,” Marshall said. “You’re not just going to get a box in the mail with a T-shirt inside. We’ll have a couple surprises I’m finishing the details on. We’re trying to create an experience.”
Marshall and Erickson said they chose to focus on Toledo shirts because they love the city and want others to love it as much as they do.
“So many people get down on Toledo,” Erickson told Toledo Free Press in 2012. “There’s a lot of great stuff here and we just want to spread the positivity.”
Glass Wear’s first and most popular shirt design, called The Roots, features the Toledo skyline with roots growing into the ground. Other designs include Toledo: Our City, Awesome People Love Toledo, It’s Always Fine in the 419, I [Ohio outline] 419, I [bicycle] Toledo, Made in Toledo, Rise Up Toledo!, Meet Me On Adams and T*O*L*E*D*O*S F*I*N*E*S*T, featuring an image of Jamie Farr.