Local homeschoolers are tapping into their creativity to help support the Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC). The students are creating stylish Faith Over Fear themed t-shirts and offering them at the Howard’s Flea Market in Homosassa for a $15.00 donation which goes directly to the CFBCC.
Christine Milby is the founder and organizer of this effort, which is receiving much support and accolades from the community.
“Every Faith Over Fear t-shirt is made by a Citrus County homeschool student,” explains Milby. “Businesses provide funds for the t-shirts in exchange for having their company advertised on the back of the tees.”
Daniel and Tuesday Northsea own and operate Dirty Ape Ink in Crystal River. Dan spends time teaching area homeschool students the art and business of screen printing.
“Both Dan and Tuesday are thrilled to be able to be a part of our fundraiser and help give back to their community.” Says Milby.
When the COVID-19 crisis struck, Milby was inspired to find ways she and her family could help her local community.
“When we discovered how many food insecure families we had right here in Citrus County, we wanted to do something to help,” says Milby. “Our family recently began volunteering at the CFBCC. It has been an eye opening, humbling and wonderful experience.”
Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the CFBCC, says the artistry, imagination and philanthropic spirit of the students is both impressive and inspiring.
“These students are taking time that could be spent on other activities to create, manufacture, market and sell these t-shirts to benefit those in need,” explains Sprague. “We are so grateful for their hard work and effort. The Faith Over Fear movement has been so inspirational during the COVID-19 crisis and to those facing food insecurity. They’ve set a positive example for others to follow!”
Howard’s Flea Market donates space to help the students with this effort. If you would like a Faith Over Fear t-shirt, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/citrusfaithoverfear to find out when and where they will be available.