Tega Cay girl starts t-shirt business to promote kindness after mass shooting in Parkland

- Eight-year-old Izzy Byerly is spreading kindness through t-shirts.

"It makes me feel good," she said. "And I've gotten a lot better at drawing too."

The Tega Cay third grader began drawing pictures with positive sayings on them following the mass shooting in Parkland. "Be A Rainbow," "Have Courage, Be Kind," and "Choose Kind," are what some of the pictures say on them. 

Her mother started putting those drawings on t-shirts for the two to wear. When she shared the shirts on social media people started requesting their own. 

"So many people were wanting to buy them. So we got to talking about it and said why don't we go ahead and do a fundraiser? So we take the money we raise and do random acts of kindness, just to try and help out other organizations," said Marielle Byerly, the child's mom.  

They started making shirts at the beginning of March and in just three weeks have sold 150. At this time you can only purchase them through Facebook

Organizations that have or will benefit from the proceeds are animal groups and school guidance programs in York County. There are plans to help groups outside of the local area as well. 

Officers with the Tega Cay Police Department met with the young entrepreneur to express their support for her kindness initiative.

"It feels good because I get to help people," the child said. 

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