It's really no shock that 320 Ink would do something like this because they've shown they're all about helping the community multiple times before.

320 Ink helps the Maine Community

Most recently, 320 Ink teamed up with Rugged Seas for that limited run of special Emma Rose shirts to raise money and benefit the families of the four fishermen that were lost at sea on their fishing vessel, Emma Rose, late last year.

So, when you think of one business in Maine that would step up to bust their humps and help other struggling local businesses out due to the pandemic, who else would it be but 320 Ink? According to Channel 8 WMTW, 320 Ink owner Drue Nickerson immediately called a meeting of his creative minds last March when the pandemic was picking up steam and forcing us all into quarantine to come up with a plan to help other businesses that were hit super hard.

320 Ink's Tip Jar Initiative

And that's when the Tip Jar Initiative was born. Basically, Drue and his crew came up with limited edition designs for multiple Maine businesses, and once the business approved it, they'd do a limited run of those shirts, sell them, and turn over all profits to the business -- FREE OF CHARGE.

Through the Tip Jar Initiative, Drue told WMTW he was able to cut over $150,000 in checks for different Maine businesses to help keep them afloat during the roughest points of the pandemic. Literally, the money raised by Drue and the 302 Ink crew was the difference between some local businesses keeping the lights on and having to pack it in.

The best (and most self-less) part of it? Even though we're inching closer to normalcy, Drue told WMTW that the Tip Jar Initiative isn't going anywhere. And honestly, with people like Drue in the area -- there's NOTHING our community, whether you're in Westbrook like 320 Ink, as far north as Calais, in SoPo, or as far south as Kittery -- there's NOTHING the Maine community can't overcome.

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