We have a three week indoor and outdoor art show in Grand Rapids that is in it's 4th year.
My wife, kids, and I were downtown walking around visiting the exhibits this past weekend when we wandered into a shop that said it was one of the venues.
The shop turned out to be quite unique.
Their mission statement summed it up best:
[Fashion Has Heart] aims to benefit wounded soldiers through utilizing the mediums of fashion, art, and design.
What they do is pair up a wounded soldier with an artist. The two collaborate and design artwork that is unique and special to the soldier. They then incorporate this art into t-shirts, hoodies, posters, etc that the shop sells to benefit the soldiers.
While I was walking around the shop I noticed a Michigan map on the wall with markers scattered about the map. One of the staff saw me looking it over and pointed to a row of dogtags hanging from a wire stretched across one of the street view windows.There was one dog tag for each marker on the ma, each representing a soldier from Michigan who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Check out their site:
and joining me in a salute to their efforts.