Tie-dye anyone? | News | The Press and Standard

by | April 21, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: April 20, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Late last week, the covered driveway ay the Colleton County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs at 728 Hiers Corner Road was a beehive of activity.
On an array of tables, the board’s clients were busy transforming plain white T-shirts into tie-dye shirts to be sold at the CCBDSN booth at the Rice Festival. A portion of the building right inside the front door was turned into a drying area for the shirts and an area to stockpile the competed shirts.
Kari Pringle, a direct support professional with the board, said the project has rapidly grown.
Pringle said the members of her litter crew were preparing to attend Summerville’s Flowertown Festival when she hit on the idea of having them prepare tie-dyed shirts to wear for the visit.
“Then someone made it go viral,” Pringle said, nodding her head in the direction of Day Program Supervisor Jovoana Brown.
Brown said when staff members saw what the clients had created, they asked to have some made for themselves.  Then the clients participating in the Special Olympics had tie-dyed shirts made for that event.
“Then we started getting orders,” Brown said. Pringle said when she’d go to a local business to get supplies for the tie-dye team, other customers asked about them. She would explain what was going on, and many of the customers expressed an interest in purchasing their own shirt.
Pringle said she has left the order taking to Brown. As the number of requests climbed, Brown said, she had to obtain an order book to keep up with the demand.
Pringle said the clients involved in the project are making both wet and dry tie-die shirts, as well as socks, to be sold at the Rice Festival.
Pringle said the clients and staff involved in the project had been at it for about two weeks and expect to be working right up to the festival’s start this Friday. They anticipate having about 150 shirts in adult and child sizes for sale at the festival.
Pringle said supervision of the tie-dye crew is not too restrictive: “We tell them to get creative.”
Pringle and Brown are both excited about what the clients are producing and are excited about the potential of taking their  handiwork to other festivals in the area.
Brown pointed out that the clients involved in the project are being paid for their efforts. Any profit made by the sale will be turned over to the board to help pay for the operation of the facility.

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