A Saskatchewan apparel company has made a large donation to the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation.
Humboldt-based Spotlight Sport and Corporate Wear recently gave a cheque worth $304,239.60 to the foundation, money raised through the sales of their t-shirts, which had the slogan Humboldt Strong emblazoned on it, and other apparel like sweaters.
Owner Mike Yager said in the days after the crash, demand for the t-shirts was incredibly high.
“When it began to grow as quickly as it did, the numbers just went ginormous in the first five days,” he said. “At one point, actually, the Broncos organization asked us to stop the fundraiser because we needed to look after ourselves as well.”
The t-shirts, which are still being sold to this date, cost $25 dollars, and Yager said at the beginning, they knew they wanted the sales of the t-shirts to benefit the foundation.
“Right from the start, we said twenty dollars is going,” he said. “So, that money was set in a separate account until the dust had settled enough so we could calculate what that number was.”
Yager said since the very beginning, he and his staff have experienced a wide range of emotions.
“We went through everything from frustration, to excitement, to laughter to crying,” he said. “But at the end of the day, we’re feeling very grateful for all the support around the world.”
The Humboldt Strong Community Foundation has raised millions of dollars in memory of the sixteen members of the Humboldt Broncos who were killed in the tragic bus crash on April 6th.