As you probably know by now, "home" to 26 Shirts is Buffalo... But we believe that what we started here in New York State's Queen City is something that can be successful in making a difference in cities all over the country. As a result, over the past year and a half we've expanded our operation to Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and (soon) Tampa.
We do our best to visit our other branches a couple times a year, and since it's been about 11 months... we're overdue for a trip to the Windy City!
We'll be in town Thursday the 16 through Sunday the 19th, manning a table at the weekend's Chicago Ale Fest and also sponsoring Saturday's Cold Brew Clash. Our overall goal is to help raise awareness for 26 Shirts and its mission to help local charities and people in need through sweet t-shirts that let people rep their fandom through new and creative fan-made apparel.
If this trip is going to be successful though, we're going to need your help! People can't buy shirts and help their fellow humans if they don't know we exist!
How can you help? Glad you asked.
Some ways you, our Chicago friends, can help ensure our trip will be as productive as possible:
WE NEED HELP FINDING PEOPLE TO HELP
1- First and foremost (and this has nothing really to do with the trip, but hey- since we have your attention), we need to know about people who need assistance! In Buffalo, we've got a long list of people waiting for a shirt to benefit their need... but in our other cities, not so much. So if you're aware of any person/family or worthy charity in Chicago that could use some donations, let us know and we'll follow up with them.
WE NEED BOOTS ON THE GROUND
2- We're looking to develop a "street team" in each city. We're not sure what that will all entail, to be honest, but we'd love to have you help us flesh it out! If you love 26 Shirts and what it's about, and would like to discuss how you might be able to help us do what we're doing in Chicago better, don't be shy. Let's meet up and we'll buy you a beverage of your choice while we talk about possibly teaming up!
WE NEED YOUR MEDIA CONNECTIONS
3- We're scheduled to be in studio with Chicagoland Sports Radio Thursday night, but we've still got some more free time we're looking to fill. If you've got any Chicago media contacts that you think would be interested in hearing our story, and you'd be willing to help us get in touch with them, we'd be forever grateful.
We're excited for this trip and what it could mean in terms of deepening our reach into the great city of Chicago as we continue to "change the game" and help people in desperate need. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!
To get in touch, just send us an email.