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St. Clair Shores business supports Meals on Wheels with shirt sales

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 26, 2020

 MyDeal Graphics Inc. is selling shirts with a symbol of unity printed on them to benefit Macomb County Meals on Wheels.

MyDeal Graphics Inc. is selling shirts with a symbol of unity printed on them to benefit Macomb County Meals on Wheels.

Photo provided by Steve Salerno

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Steve Salerno’s parents are nearing 80 years old.

With the advent of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, they aren’t able to leave their home, but luckily, Salerno said, he and his three brothers and sisters are able to help their parents and bring them food.

Not every senior citizen is as lucky, said Salerno, the owner of MyDeal Graphics Inc. in St. Clair Shores.

“There are so many other seniors out there that can’t (go out to get food). They’re not allowed to leave,” he said.

That’s why, when the coronavirus crisis hit, Salerno decided to put his apparel graphic design company to use as a fundraiser for Macomb County Meals on Wheels.

Beginning in late March, Salerno said that they set up an online store in which they sold shirts printed with a circular design that represents strength and unity.

“We had, like, 2,000 shirts in stock,” he said. “At the time, I couldn’t order from any outside sources.”

MyDeal Graphics began selling the shirts for $15 each with free shipping and donating $5 from each shirt to Meals on Wheels.

Salerno said that it costs $3.50 to feed a senior citizen, “so with every shirt sold, basically we’re feeding a senior and a half.” He said that he felt Meals on Wheels was a great organization to help because it can always use the money to help others.

As of mid-May, Salerno said they’ve been able to donate $500 to Meals on Wheels, but they’re hoping to do much more. The shirts can be found at mydealgraphics.com/meals-on-wheels-store.

“After this thing is all done and said ... this shirt, it’s a unity shirt, and I would keep my online store open all year round,” Salerno said. “I’ll just keep giving money to Meals on Wheels. I have no problem with that.”

The design is also offered for an additional $3 in different colors, like camouflage, the U.S. flag or a rainbow.

Throughout the time when Michigan has been under a stay-at-home order, Salerno said that he and his employees have been practicing social distancing by having one employee head into the business once a week to print the shirts. Then, Salerno goes in two days later to bag and ship the orders.

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