COWETA, Okla. — A local business owner is helping out other small shop owners who are struggling in the pandemic to raise money and stay afloat.
"There's a lot of people in the same positions we're in where they went from a flourishing business for decades that they've built and they've poured themselves into really not making any money at all, and what we came up with was this idea of together," says Matt Doke, owner of Rhodes Printing.
The project is called Together Coweta, Together Claremore and Together Tahlequah.
His team designed t-shirts with logos from 96 local restaurants and store names from each city, as well as a t-shirt that says "You're essential to me" to help support local businesses.
Each one costs $20, and every $10 will go toward a local small business. The goal is to raise $30,000 total.
Together Coweta sale ended on Tuesday, but it has been reopened until April 28. It has already surpassed its goal to $10,620.
Together Tahlequah project ends on April 16, which has raised more than $5,000, and you can still order your Together Claremore t-shirts until April 19.
Based on the projects' success Doke says he will continue to reopen the sales to continue supporting neighboring small business owners.
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