Local stores designing more ‘Dayton Strong’ merchandise to help survivors of Oregon District shooting 

Published: Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 2:38 PM

Many local businesses that sold “Dayton Strong” T-shirts just a few months ago to show solidarity following the Memorial Day tornadoes are once again selling shirts to benefit victims’ families and survivors of the Oregon District shooting. 

Some stores are selling the same design and some have created new T-shirts following the tragedy that took place early Sunday morning when nine people lost their lives in the mass shooting. 

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The shirts will offer the community a way to visibly show their support and help give back, with proceeds supporting people impacted by the shooting. 

Natalie Driscoll, left, and Amber Lannon place flowers for shooting victim Derrick Fudge along East Fifth Street on Monday. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

💙HEART MERCANTILE

Heart in the Oregon District has sold out of Dayton Strong shirts in its brick and mortar store but is still taking orders online at heartmercantile.com. There are two designs available and all proceeds go to the Tragedy Fund. 

How to order: Online at heartmercantile.com 

💙THE DAYTON PROJECT

The Dayton Project is selling clothing to benefit the Oregon District Tragedy Fund. All month long, proceeds from Dayton Project’s Dayton Strong shirt will go to the fund. The design is also available in a tank top. 

How to order: Online at www.tdp1943.com 

💙UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON

The University of Dayton is now selling “Dayton Strong” T-shirts online. The T-shirts cost $15. All proceeds benefit the Dayton Foundation.

How to order: Online at shop.uddayton.com

💙CLASH

Clash eclectic clothing boutique in the Oregon District is doing their part to help victims’ families. Proceeds from their Gem City merchandise will go to the Tragedy Fund. 

How to order: In store, 521 E. 5th St., Dayton

💙TEDDY THE DOG

Teddy is a witty dog featured on T-shirts, mugs, coasters, totes and a whole lot more. The brand says its apparel is “softer than a puppy’s backside.” Teddy T-shirts have been released with the state outline of Ohio, featuring Teddy on the word “strong.” All profits from the Ohio T-shirts will be donated to the Tragedy Fund. 

“Teddy is always ready to throw a bone to help those in need! Much more than fun and witty T-shirts, totes and mugs, Teddy the Dog has donated $159,000 to various charities and organizations,” according to a release. 

How to order: Visit teddythedog.com 

💙THE OLDE FARMSTEAD IN BEAVERCREEK

This gift shop at the Mall at Fairfield Commons will once again be offering these charcoal “Dayton Strong” shirts, this time to benefit victims and those impacted by the Oregon District shooting. 

How to order: In store, 2727 Fairfield Commons #E181, Beavercreek or pre-order now on Facebook by sending a private message to Olde Farmstead in Beavercreek

💙HANDY HATS

A recent University of Dayton graduate and UD soccer player Dani Ruffolo, started her own business called Handy Hats during her time at UD. Ruffolo created the Dayton Strong Handy Hat to provide a little bit of hope to fellow Daytonians. “This ‘Dayton Strong’ Handy Hat, a Dayton original, was created to encourage unity and healing among those who love Dayton, to recognize the heroic efforts of the Dayton Police, and most importantly, to honor and commemorate those who have been affected by this tragedy,” according to a release. 

100% of the proceeds of the $20 hats will return back to the Tragedy Fund. 

“Handy Hats are patent-published products, hats with built-in pocket pouches that can conceal your everyday essential items, such as: credit cards, cash, keys, IDs, and even lip balm,” according to a release. 

How to order: Visit myhandyhats.com 

💙J. ELIZABETH IN MASON

Jacquie Roser, the owner of J. Elizabeth boutique in Mason, has relatives in the Dayton area and has created “Dayton Strong” T-shirts, with 100% of the proceeds to be donated to the families of the shooting victims. 

“Being from the Cincinnati area and having family in Dayton, these horrible events really hit home, and I knew I wanted to help,” Roser said on the homepage of a new website she launched specifically to help the city of Dayton.

$100 has been raised so far, just hours after the boutique’s website shifted its focus to benefit shooting victims. 

Youth and toddler shirts will be available for $22, and adult shirts will be $25.

How to order: Website

💙BELLYWING BOUTIQUE

Amber Aslakson, a Dayton native now living in Minnesota, is selling her own version of #DaytonStrong shirts through her boutique’s website. Shirts are $15 each with at least $5 going to the Tragedy Fund at The Dayton Foundation.

Aslakson hopes T-shirt costs can go down as more T-shirts are purchased. 

How to order: Website

💙CHIEF SCREEN PRINTING IN KETTERING

Since the Memorial Day Tornadoes, Chief Screen Printing has been donating 100% of their Dayton Strong T-shirt proceeds to The Dayton Foodbank. As of Monday, the shop will now split the proceeds 50/50 between Dayton Foodbank Tornado Relief Fund and the Dayton Foundation Oregon District Tragedy Fund

The store is not accepting pre-orders via phone, message or comment but invites customers to stop by during business hours at 4025 Marshall Road in Kettering. For more information, call (937) 979-4644. The store plans to keep shelves stocked until everyone who wants a T-shirt has the chance to buy one. 

How to order: In person at store, 4025 Marshall Road in Kettering. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturdays .  

💙Lunar Habits Apparel 

Lunar Habits Apparel is selling a variety of Dayton Strong T-shirts on Etsy, with proceeds now going toward both tornado relief efforts and shooting victims. Prices range from $18 to $20. 

How to order: Online

Know of any other merchandise that will support those impacted by the Oregon District shooting? Send us the details at contact@dayton.com or message us on Facebook.