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Student Donates Proceeds of Clothing Line to Local Hospital

Many people have been getting creative and using their talents to keep themselves occupied during the recent quarantine due to coronavirus. Others have been using their time to help fight the coronavirus by doing charitable acts. Blair Academy’s Patrick Plum '21 did both while stuck at his home in South Carolina. He raised money for the Southampton Hospital Foundation during quarantine by designing and selling sweatshirts that promote social distancing.

While Patrick was sick with a stomach bug and stuck at home, he thought of the situation that he and the rest of the country were in and decided he could help. “I locked into designing a logo for a sweatshirt, and my final product was pretty neat,” Patrick said. The sweatshirt features two socially distant figures on the front accompanied by the text “quarantine responsibly” on the back. The design was a hit and the sale of sweatshirts quickly netted Patrick almost $3,000. Patrick saw the opportunity to do something good for his community and donated the money to help those who are sick and the healthcare workers that work in the hospital.

The Southampton Press caught wind of the great work that Patrick had done and wrote a story commending his efforts. Writer Alec Giufurta explained how Patrick donated $2,750 on May 14 to the Southampton Hospital Foundation’s Healthcare Heroes Fund. The foundation’s president, Steven M. Bernstein, thanked Patrick, saying, “Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is deeply grateful to Patrick Plum for conducting a thoughtful and enterprising fundraiser on our behalf.”

When Patrick returns to campus, he hopes to continue designing clothes and start a club, “All of last year I wanted to start a clothing design club for kids who want to get into that area of fashion or whatever it may be. Hopefully, this coming year I’ll finally start the club!” Patrick has had a passion for fashion ever since he was young. “Since I was 7, I’ve wanted to do something involved with fashion or something creative,” he said. “Currently, I’m working with a few big brands to help design some clothes and various pieces, so hopefully we’ll see some of those out soon!”

Patrick’s social distance sweatshirt can be purchased on his website blindinemotion.

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