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Hearts Apart shirts aim to spread love amid social distancing

Buy a tee for yourself and Operation CommuniTees will send another one to a friend of your choice.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A new t-shirt initiative aims to spread a message of positivity and love at a time we're all practicing social distancing.

The Hearts Apart shirts are a collaboration between Operation CommuniTees and Apparel Lab, which are based in Huntsville. 

When you buy a shirt, you automatically get another one for free, which will be for a loved one you'd like to give it to. You can also include a personalized note with it. 

The Hearts Apart shirts were originally made to be given to folks in nursing homes, who aren't seeing as many guests right now due to COVID-19.

Jamie Russell, Founder of Operation CommuniTees, said now, anyone can purchase the shirts. 

"Everyone needs some uplift and encouragement right now," said Russell. 

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Matt McLellan, Founder of Apparel Lab, who produced the shirts compared the tees to a half of a heart that you keep one side of and give the other half to someone else. They will send the shirt to your loved one. It's a positive message during a time when folks can't gather together as much.

"The social distancing is drawing up a barrier between loved ones and family members and those we may not have as frequent contact with," said McLellan. "Having that pair of getting a shirt for yourself and someone else. It's almost like a new age friendship bracelet."

The shirts are available in several colors and styles. To purchase a tee, visit Operation CommuniTees. When you buy one, you will also have a chance to donate to the United Way, who has been working hard amid the COVID-19 outbreak to serve folks Huntsville and Madison County. Click here for United Way's COVID-19 fund. 

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Operation CommuniTees was birthed out of a desire to help others in the community. Russell said it started in October of 2019 with the goal of working alongside and helping charities and do fundraising for them.