The past year of living purposefully has taught me a lot of things. From what matters most to me to where to splurge, I’ve learned a lot. One of the biggest lessons is where my money goes. I no longer give to brands that don’t give back. I want every single dollar that I spend to be stretched to help the most people possible, which leads me to the charitable tee. A lot of the time that means graphic tees, because, well, that’s what is in fashion as far as charitable tees goes — until now.
While there are plenty of brands that give back, I haven’t stumbled across many that give all proceeds to charity. Of course, I can’t expect every brand to be a non-profit. But I also have a whole lot of graphic tees in my closet. Project Social T created a charitable tee that is plain. While that might not seem ideal to everyone, it’s something that I can appreciate.
I shop tons of charitable brands. Almost everything that I buy new has some sort of charitable aspect to it. I don’t say that to brag, but to bring to light the issue with charitable clothing. The appeal of it is that you have a shirt that says what you did. The charitable tee has become sort of sartorial participation ribbon. It also leaves me with a lot of graphic tees.
Project Social T created a plain shirt that gives back. Every single penny goes to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
This shirt is a part of the brand’s Make March Matter Campaign. Project Social T teams up with an organization every quarter to give back. This time the brand teamed up with the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to give all proceeds to the organization. Project Social T chose it’s best-selling Wearever Tee to sell for the cause.
The shirt is completely plain. It’s dark blue, has distressed edges, and nothing else. While this might be upsetting for some, I absolutely love it. The $40 shirt is just that — a shirt that looks great, goes with everything, and still gives to a great card. The only thing that gives this tee away is the message on the inside.
The message reads…
“Project Social T has partnered with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to support their Make March Matter Campaign. 100% of proceeds from this T-shirt are dedicated to help ensure that critical, life-saving care is available to every child treated at the hospital while bringing greater awareness to the importance of children’s healthcare. You are wearing more than just a tee, you’re improving the lives of others.”
So you know that your money is going to a great cause, but you don’t have it splattered all over you. Personally, I think that the idea is genius. Because all that matters at the end of the day is that you know where your money is going — not everyone else.
This isn’t the only great design from the brand, either. It says on the Project Social T website, “a t-shirt is just a t-shirt until you give it life.” While their designs are all somewhat plain, it’s about how you style it. These are my all-time favorite brands. You know, the ones that stand the test of time and give you everything you need to make a capsule collection.
I’m a firm believer that anyone can make a trendy shirt. It’s easy to make something that lasts only a few weeks or months. It’s hard to create something that lasts forever and becomes a go-to in every single closet. Project Social T does this with not just its’ regular collection, but the charitable tee as well.
“Everyone has a drawer full of graphic tees from marathons, charities, and volunteer days that they have participated in, but usually those T-shirts end up not getting worn again very often,” Mike Chodler, founder & CEO of Project Social T says. “We used our signature Wearever Tee in an exclusive color inspired by CHLA to make something a little different.”
Sometimes a simple color and message behind the shirt is enough. This is that time. Chodler is right, if you ask me. Not everyone wants to wear their cause on their sleeve. Some people just want to know that they did good and have it be enough.
I would love to see more charitable tees out there like the ones that Project Social T creates. Some people need to wear the causes that they support right on their sleeves. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But I’ve moved past a place where I like to show people where my money goes. Just knowing is good enough for me.
No matter where you are on your journey to purposeful living, you’ll love Project Social T’s Childrens’ Hospital of Los Angeles shirt. You’ll want to head to the site and shop soon though. because you can only get this charitable tee throughout the month of March.