SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) It’s that time of the year. Valentine’s Day is in the rear view and the region is gearing up to be Irish for a few days.
One local business deals in custom gear and is using a quarter century of success to give back in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day.
As Kevin’s Worldwide pumps out shirt after shirt of their own design for the first time, they gave Eyewitness News a behind the scenes look at the process. Everything from the cutout design, washing, screen printing and finished product has a special twist this year.
When you go to their website, findashirt.com, and pick up your own…
“We’ll be donating a piece to some local charities,” said president Scott Tinkelman. “We love being involved with the non-profits. They’re doing good work. If we can participate a little bit, it’s just another excuse to do that.”
Every t-shirt sale means an article of clothing goes to Dress for Success Lackawanna or St. Francis of Assisi to cloth those less fortunate. Staff at Kevin’s said it comes with being a Scranton staple.
“We don’t want any claim to fame for this. We do it because we love the community,” said production manager Jim Pettry. “We do it, not for us, but for everybody else. We feel very strongly about that.”
While the printers and presses are going non-stop for upcoming orders, Kevin’s also takes part in regular blood drives for the American Red Cross. It’s ‘another one of those excuses to give back’ and something the company tries to make readily available to their staff.
“To be honest, before I worked here — I didn’t donate, and maybe because it wasn’t easy,” said Tinkelman. “When we make it easy I think people who have the ability to donate — we really stress how important that is.”
There’s one last possible incentive for some to head over to the Capouse Avenue location.
“This is the first year we are trying something a little different,” added Tinkelman. “We wanted to celebrate our ‘Kevin-ship’ and get some free t-shirts out to the other Kevins in the community.”
Starting on February 19th, the first 49 Kevins that stop by the shop get their St. Patrick’s day shirts for free, as the author of this article has already picked one up.