Penn Emblem releases custom designed patches to benefit victims affected by the June 12, 2016 mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. The embroidered patches are available in two different designs, a silhouette outline of the United States and a rectangular-shaped patch inspired by the American flag. An initial run of 500 patches were produced, but more will be created depending on demand, says Hilary Valentine, marketing coordinator at Penn Emblem.
"In wake of this terrible tragedy, it’s important we do something to support each other and the community," adds Valentine. "Penn Emblem created something that can show support and stand for resilience and strength."
The patch designs were created by an employee at the Penn Emblem facility in Mexico by an employee who "creatively expressed the pain he felt from the tragedy through the creation and design of these patches," Valentine explains.
Patches cost two dollars and Penn Emblem will donate all proceeds to two funds organized for victims and families affected by the attack; the The OneOrlando Fund organized to help nonprofits in recovery efforts, and a GoFundMe page set up by Equality Florida. As of June 22, both efforts have raised more than $2 million in donations.