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T-shirt, button sales benefit VFW

Friday, August 26, 2011

Jan Wieland (left), co-director at Cherokee County Work Services, and consumer Kelly Clark (right) proudly display the design of the Commemorative 9-11 tee shirt, which go on sale today. Profits from sales of both the shirts and commemorative 9-11 buttons will go towards helping make the Cherokee VFW building totally handicap accessible. Photo by Dan Whitney [Order this photo]
When Cherokee County Work Services consumer Kelly Clark got a part-time job at the Cherokee Fire Department a few years ago, that job developed into a friendship between Kelly and the CFD regulars. The CFD awarded Clark with a special plaque, and he was always invited to the annual Fireman's Ball, held at the Cherokee VFW.

Though Kelly enjoyed going to the dance, he found it difficult to get access in the building because he is confined to a wheelchair, and the building is not fully handicap-accessible.

He and the folks at CCWS decided to try and do something to help remedy that situation, and do so in such a manner that they could help community members show pride in their country.

When the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington D.C. took place, CCWS produced some buttons reminding people that "the world is a wonderful place" and urged them to "Keep the Faith." The buttons were a very popular item and struck just the right tone at the right time.

With the 10th anniversary of that horrific event coming soon, CCWS has produced another button which commemorates the 10th anniversary, as well as a t-shirt. The anniversary buttons will sell for $1 each and t-shirts will be $15 for adult sizes and $12 for children's sizes.

The items will go on sale today, and they will be displayed at several local merchants, including Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Creative Services, and the Village Boutique in Aurelia. Any other businesses interested in displaying the merchandise are encouraged to call CCWS at 225-4531.

CCWS will be donating all profits from sales of the buttons and t-shirts to the Cherokee VFW to put towards making their facility more handicap accessible.

So if you'd like to contribute to a good cause and also display your pride in your country, stop by CCWS at 322 Lake St. or one of the merchants displaying these items.

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