MASONTOWN, W. Va.—Beth Stone, owner of Affordable Signs Unlimited, launches a relief effort to aid West Virginia flooding victims. Stone’s business covers a wide variety of custom graphics and apparel services including vinyl decals, lettering, and signage, as well as custom apparel. Inspired by the recent catastrophic flooding in her home state, Stone and the Affordable Signs Unlimited staff started printing custom T-shirts on June 27 for victims in the southern portion of the state. Stone notes that while her county wasn’t hit hard, southern parts of the state are in dire straits, and she felt prompted to act.
“We were affected in the flood of 1985 and I saw what the cleanup was like from that," Stone says, noting the dramatic impact the event had on local families.
Also known as the Election Day floods, a costly, damaging flood barreled through West Virginia in November 1985, causing $1.4 billion in property damage and 62 deaths.
Stone and her team printed an initial 50 T-shirts in preparation for the long Fourth of July weekend and says there has been a positive local response with walk-in orders. The company plans to take shirt orders until July 8, but Stone stresses that if the demand increases, she will continue the effort and print more shirts. All funds raised from T-shirt sales will be donated directly to flood relief efforts.
“I always think of that saying ‘You can’t do something for everybody but everybody can do something,’” Stone states. “That’s what initially inspired me.”
As of June 28, CNN reports more than 1,200 homes destroyed and 70 businesses in West Virginia severely damaged from the flooding.