Typhoon Tees Fundraiser Collects 5,790 Shirts for Philippines
Gabbi McArtor
Gabbi McArtor

Dec. 12, 2013

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NORMAL, Ill. - A total of 5,790 t-shirts will be shipped to the Philippines as a result of the Typhoon Tees fundraiser organized by Illinois State soccer junior Gabbi McArtor and graduate assistant Katie Baumgardner. The duo easily eclipsed their initial goal of 1,000 for the four-week fundraiser that was dedicated to providing relief to those affected by the typhoon that hit the island nation in early November.

McArtor's parents were born in the Philippines and live there now. Much of her extended family calls the Philippines home as well, including some who were directly impacted by the storm. McArtor felt she had to help out as much as she could, and is excited about how large of an impact her efforts ended up making.

"I did not imagine having almost 6,000 shirts," McArtor admitted. "Our original goal was 1,000 shirts, and slowly 50 shirts came in and then a hundred, then hundreds, and it reached 1,000. We were seriously overwhelmed with shirts. It's amazing.

"After having to lift them all into the truck, I thought `Wow, this is a lot.' It's always a good sign when you're getting a workout from taking shirts and putting them into the truck," McArtor said with a laugh. "I am really happy with the outcome. I never would have imagined it. The people I have been surrounded with at the university and at home really helped me reach this point."

McArtor, head coach Drew Roff and assistant coach Jim Schneiderhahn loaded the shirts onto a truck Thursday morning. They will be transported to the Chicago area before being shipped overseas.

McArtor and Baumgardner set up three donation stations around campus - Horton Fieldhouse, Redbird Arena and the Karin L. Bone Athletics Study Center. McArtor was also able to collect 1,000 shirts from her hometown of Palatine, Ill., when she was home for Thanksgiving break.

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