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Local Business Owner Donate Shirts to Injured Soldiers

Kathleen Morasci, owner of the EmbroidMe located at 51 Wright Brothers Ave, Suite G, has started a program to donate thank-you t-shirts for injured soldiers returning from duty and current soldiers who are overseas.

"I wanted to find a way to give back to the community and honor local soldiers," Morasci says.

She invites any child to draw a special picture and/or thank you message to a soldier on a plain white sheet of paper and then she puts the pictures on a t-shirt, which is then given to an injured soldier when he or she arrives at a local VA hospital. The t-shirt is one of the first things the soldiers receive when they get to the hospital.

Several local Girl Scout troops and classrooms have become involved. Morasci and Denny Weisgerber, a Korean veteran, have given presentations about how important it is to honor our soldiers and the sacrifices they make for our freedom. The kids are then invited to create a shirt design for a soldier.

Morasci scans the drawing into a computer and then transfers it to the garment printer in her EmbroidMe store. The printer then transfers the image onto a t-shirt. Each shirt is unique because she only uses each drawing for one specific soldier.

If anyone in the community has a family member currently serving overseas, Morasci will make a thank-you t-shirt for the family to send to their loved one. She has donated almost 150 t-shirts so far to local soldiers.

With nearly 450 retail locations worldwide, EmbroidMe provides full-service custom embroidery and screen-printing for apparel, as well as promotional products and gifts to both the private and commercial segments of the business community.

For more information on the "Shirts for Soldiers" program in Livermore, contact Kathleen at (925) 245-9070 or livermore@embroidme.com. To learn more about EmbroidMe, visit www.embroidme.com or call (800) 727-6720.