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October 9, 2013

From clothes to cash

Firefighter sells shirts to raise moneyfor Boston Marathon bombing victims

HAVERHILL — A local firefighter decided to get into the apparel business.

It was not to make any money on the side, but instead out of the desire to join with his fellow first responders in providing financial help to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

This summer, Haverhill firefighter Tim Sullivan, who lives in Methuen, designed and had made a Haverhill Firefighter/Boston Strong T-shirt to wear while training for the marathon. The minimum order was a dozen. When the first batch arrived, he showed them to his fellow firefighters at the High Street station and they bought them. Since then, he’s raised about $1,500 from the sale of his shirts.

Sullivan said those and future proceeds will go to The Boston First Responders Fund, which was established by Boston’s first responders to benefit the bombing victims.

“The are very popular and at $25 each we’ve raised about $1,500 so far and I’ve only been doing this for a few months,” Sullivan said.

It all started in August, when Sullivan was making plans to run in next year’s Boston Marathon and simply wanted to have a special T-shirt to wear in honor of this annual event.

“I just wanted a shirt to run the marathon and to defy the hate that shut down an entire city,” he said.

He ordered his first batch of shirts from a company in Lowell and sold all but the one he kept for himself.

“Now I’m ordering 50 shirts a week and I’m trying to keep up,” said Sullivan, who juggles family life and work.

His shirts are available in white, silver, dark gray and black.

“The best selling color seems to be dark gray lately,” he said about the shirts he’s been selling by word of mouth and on Facebook.

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