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T-Shirts Being Sold To Help Fallen NYC Firefighters

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WAKE FOREST, N.C. — Many North Carolinians are backing the effort to help the victims of terrorism and boost patriotism. The Wake Forest Fire Department is selling T-shirts to help the cause.

President Bush has asked that all flags should be raised as Americans try to get back to normal, but flags at fire departments all over the country are still at half-staff at least until Oct. 11 as a solemn tribute.

At some departments like the one in Wake Forest, the tribute goes beyond that. For a $15 donation, you will receive a patriotic T-shirt from the Wake Forest Fire Department.

"We figured it'd be nice to have something, a token, for the donation that you've made and that way, you'll be able to wear it and show that you've made a donation and your American pride," said David Williams of the Wake Forest Fire Department.

The fire department ordered 144 shirts to start, but patriotic souls have asked for 5,600 shirts. Now their meeting room is covered with bags full of T-shirts.

"Some people weren't able to get flags to fly on their houses, so this is probably their way of being able to show their patriotism by walking around the shirt on," said buyer Bonita Temple.

Across town, business was pretty slow at Steve's T's and Uniforms. Now the upswing in American pride is helping his bottom line.

"This is by far our biggest order we've ever done since we've been in business. That's helping business a tremendous amount," said Steve Davis of Steve's T's and Uniforms.

If you would like your own Wake Forest Fire Department T-shirt, you can call


. All of the proceeds will go to help the families of New York firefighters.


Mark Roberts, Reporter
Kamal Wallace, Web Editor

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