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Local groups donate $230K to National Compassion Fund

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Business leaders, civic organizers and others from around the community presented check after check to the National Compassion Fund

A total of $230,000 was presented through seven checks. The money was raised through fundraisers, donations and t-shirt sales, all for the families of Chattanooga’s fallen five and wounded police officer. 

Showing just how “Nooga Strong” we are, the most generous donation came from the co-owners of Nashville Shirt Company. 

Jeff Walker and Keegan Thomas designed and printed the shirts reading “NoogaStrong.” 

“I think we both thought we were going to sell about 200 shirts,” Walker said. 

The duo surpassed that number, 65 times selling a total of 13,000 shirts in all 50 states and three other countries. 

“We both looked at it and said, yes. That’s going to give back to the families. That’s what’s going to be our little bitty part,” he added. 

Each shirt sold for $25 with 100% of those proceeds going directly to the National Compassion Fund. The pair presented the $125,000 check Wednesday. 

“Strength wins. Love wins and right wins. That’s what it says,” he said. 

Leaders with the National Compassion Fund say they are planning on dispersing the money to those families in December. 

Other donations presented tonight:

Mountain Creek & Thunder Creek Harley Davidson Company- $25,000
Nashville Shirt Company- $125,000
We’ve Got Spirit/T-shirt Talk- $10,000
The Elk’s Club Lodge 91- $1,000
Zaxby’s- $11,000
Hamilton County 911, Hamilton County Clerk’s Office- $7,000
Amanda Giovengo (raised through lemonade stand)- $267
Samuel L. Jackson- $5,000

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