By Mark Klopping |Staff Writer|
Every hero has a story.
Paper Clouds Apparel (PCA) spreads awareness, encourages artists with special needs and raises funds, all at the same time.
Every two weeks the company features a new cause. Their most recent cause is for Autism Speaks.
These recent Autism Speaks fundraising efforts in honor of a modern day hero, Rachel D’Avino, who died when she attempted to protect her special education students at Sandy Hook. It was D’Avino’s favorite charity.
Autism Speaks demonstrates what D’Avino sought out to achieve in life.
D’Avino’s story has not yet been forgotten.
A modern day super hero who stood in front of bullets in an attempt to save lives had already been giving life through her efforts.
When asked about Team Rachel, founder of PCA, Robert Thorton had a lot to say about Rachel and Autism Speaks.
“Team Rachel is such an amazing organization that participates in Autism Walks to keep the memory of Rachel D’Avino alive,” said Thorton. “Her mission was to make the world a better place for those with autism.”
PCA also creates a voice through everyday clothing.
Artwork from kids that have special needs are printed onto T-shirts, tote bags and flex fitted caps that go on sale to raise funds for specific charities.
Artists for the apparel mentioned on the PCA blog site include 8-year-old Corbin Dillane, who shared kind words about Rachel.
“Rachel was my best big person friend. I have ADHD and Rachel used to help me think of things to do to keep me having good behavior,” stated Dillane.
“My picture is my own video game land. Rachel and I played video games together a lot. I think she would love my video game land,” continued Dillane.
The official PCA website stated that to help fund special needs schools and organizations, “fifty percent of the net proceeds from the sale of all merchandise is given to the cause we are promoting in each campaign.”
Rachel’s friends and family named these fundraising efforts by PCA Team Rachel.
The fundraising starts April 7 and ends April 20, which gives two weeks to raise as much money as possible for Autism Speaks.
Team Rachel’s fundraising earned nearly $400 as of April 10.
PCA has raised over $6,000 in funds this year.
The clothing company has helped other causes raise money, including Icing Smiles which accumulated $1,120, and The Centers for Habilitation with $382.
National Down Syndrome Society also was helped, making $550, along with Triple The Fun, $1,763, ThrowBack by Popular Demand, $567, AbilityPath, $280, and National Autism Association, $1,183.
Each one of these charities and organizations strives to create awareness for a good cause.
D’Avino showed hope through her teachings and PCA aims to keep that hope alive.
Information about PCA and product can be found on papercloudsapparel.com and Rachel’s story can be viewed on rachelmariedavino.com.