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Solidarity t-shirts raise funds for victims of La Palma volcano

Six weeks after the eruption of La Palma in Spain, several local organizations started selling T-shirts, tote bags and other merchandise to raise funds for those who lost their homes or jobs due to the volcano.

“The message is that La Palma will stay strong. This is only a small contribution to help those affected, ”said Pedro Garcia, 47, who runs the Creaprint printing plant in Los Llanos de Aridane, the major town closest to the lava flow.

In his shop, a huge mechanized printer produces the last batch of black shirts featuring a street sign design listing some of the villages caught on the lava path. “When this ends, for us it will only be the beginning. There is a huge amount of uncertainty right now,” he said.

Over 2,000 of the shirts, which sell for 10 euros ($ 11.58) each, were sold with all proceeds going to the victims.

One design shows a stylized map of La Palma surrounded by people binding their hands to create a heart-shaped ring, while on another the words “the ashes are blown away, the memories remain” surround an image of black and white volcano. Carlos Cordero, 31, started selling the merchandise at his clothing store in Los Llanos because he believed it was the fastest way to help islanders directly. He has sold over 1,000 T-shirts and bags.



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