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Ringgold T-Shirt: "Rebuilding the town that built me."

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RINGGOLD, CATOOSA COUNTY, GA. (WRCB) -- Not everyone can donate out of pocket, not everyone is capable of using a chainsaw. But families are finding unique ways to help.

One Ringgold family has raised more than $15,000 using a graphic design background.

"I would have never thought a graphic designer could do any good in an EF-4 tornado," said Diana Elliot Jost.

She quickly found out she couldn't have been more wrong. Diana put her skills to use and designed a shirt that reads "you can't keep a good town down," and "rebuilding the town that built me." The proceeds go to charity.

Jost said, "it was an answer to a prayer about what I can do, and I think a lot of people around town felt the same way about what it said."

Her first order was for 26 shirts, they were sold before they left her trunk. Four weeks later her dinning room has been taken over by cotton. With more than 2,000 sold, Diana has raised more than $15,000.

All of it has been given to Poplar Springs Baptist Church. 

Jost said, "I don't know anybody at the church, I walked in and said, can you promise me two things, promise me you'll give it to the people of Ringgold and you'll find who needs it."

Diana has generations of roots in Ringgold, and she says this is just one of the many ways locals are showing their love for the town that built them.

"I think the shirt has done some good, and I hope it continues, I love Ringgold, and I'd like to see it put back together again," said Jost.

In addition to selling them around town, Diana recently launched a website. It explains the shirts' purpose, because this stands for more than a piece of fabric.

"It is a blessing, I have a stack of notes in the kitchen from all over, people thanking me. I always write them back, and say no, thank you," said Jost.

The shirts sell for $12 dollars, with $8 of the $12 going to storm victims, and $4 of it going to buy more shirts.  

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