Local business joins nonprofit to build support for virus fund

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JACKIE KOCH

T-shirt sales to help in effort to raise $20,000, including a matching fund by Tim Simpson, owner of DiggyPOD in Tecumseh.

Tim Simpson, owner of DiggyPOD, a self-publishing and book printing company, knows that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business closures are hurting Tecumseh’s business owners and their employees. To help alleviate the strain on the city’s small businesses, he is prepared to put some money behind his concern for others.

“There’s some people suffering in town in the service industries and so forth,” said Simpson. “There are going to be some people who are going to have extra needs right now.” He said he wanted to do something to reach out to other small business owners and their employees.

Simpson’s employee, graphic artist and web designer Russ Hawkins, came up with an idea to sell t-shirts to raise money. That money will go to a special fund through the Tecumseh Service Club and will benefit local people who are currently without income or whose income has greatly reduced, and who may need assistance. Simpson is working with Jessica Sattler, Tecumseh’s economic development director.

“Basically, this funding would be available for anyone affected by this crisis, especially as it relates to small businesses. For example, there will be many staff who are off work due to the closing of a small business, there may be a business owner who is unable to pay themselves and/or pay an expense that is critical for keeping their business afloat, which of course would be critical for maintaining the employees at that business once the governor’s restrictions are lifted,” said Sattler. “Another example, a resident that has been laid off from his or her job as waitstaff and needs some assistance, as unemployment isn’t a sufficient income.”

The Tecumseh Service Club has the existing infrastructure to support the needs in the community and is equipped to identify those who need their services.

A website built by Hawkins will allow anyone who wants to donate to the cause to click a button to contribute, as well as purchasing t-shirts that will be printed by Three Ravens Printing after enough sales have been made. The t-shirts, which are printed with an “I Support Tecumseh” logo, are priced at $25 each.

Simpson will donate one dollar for every dollar that is donated to the I Support Tecumseh campaign, up to a $10,000 match. The goal is to raise $20,000 to help local businesses and workers who have lost income.

Those interested in joining the cause to help the community may visit tecumsehserviceclub.com to either order a t-shirt or make a contribution.

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