A Sandwich Middle School student's fundraising idea has generated more than $3,600 in support of Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital's coronavirus relief fund.
Liannah Considine,14, came up with the idea of designing a T-shirt in March, about the time schools were shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I wanted to help out people that are helping other people," Considine said. "How they're helping people that have the coronavirus, and if they need help with meals or anything they might need."
Considine's aunt Bethany Green said that the family initially started to help by making cookies for some of the departments at the Sandwich hospital before Liannah had the idea to design shirts.
"I was buying a sweatshirt and then I had the idea for making shirts," Considine said. "We didn't know how it was going to start at first, and then we came up with a bunch of ideas and made a design."
The gray shirts read "We're In This Together" in alternating lines of red and blue text.
"We had seen a lot of hashtags of 'We're in this together' and that just kind of stuck," Green said.
A family friend helped Considine and Green design the shirts and connected them with a printing and embroidering company based in South Carolina and the process took off from there.
Considine's first order totaled 84 shirts, increasing to 241 in her second order. Between donations and T-shirt sales, Considine raised $3,622 that went to Northwestern Medicine Valley West's COVID-19 relief efforts.
Shirt orders have come from the Sandwich community and as far away as Tennessee and Colorado, Considine said. Available through Green's Facebook page, shirts range in price from $17 to $20, depending on the size of the shirt, she added.
"We are extremely proud of Liannah. She has a huge heart and is always thinking of others," Green said. "From the beginning of all of this, she was sad to be missing school and her friends but she just wanted to do something to help the people working on the front lines to fight all this. Her selflessness makes us so proud."
Beth Mosher, director of clinical and administrative operations at Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital praised Liannah's hard work.
“We are very thankful for the generosity of this young lady. Her dedication and desire to support our health care workers is both impressive and inspiring," Mosher said.