One Texas mom is using creativity and ingenuity to help
flood victims in honor of her mother.
After seeing the devastation caused by massive flooding,
Lauren Flake, a seventh-generation Texan, decided to help in any way she could.
However, the mother of two daughters didn't have the time to be there in
"Having a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old, it's hard for me to
get down there and volunteer in person," Flake told People magazine. "And I
thought, 'Maybe I can make a shirt,' because I knew people were selling
T-shirts, but none of them were very feminine-looking."
Flake also decided that she wanted the T-shirt sales to benefit
the area of San Marcos. Flake's mother, Dixie, was a resident of a San Marcos
nursing home after being diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer's. Dixie lived
in the facility until her death in early 2013.
Flake included the phrase "love of dixie" in honor of her
mother. She wanted the design of her T-shirts to be "Texas Strong" for women. Flake
is teaching her daughters that strong is beautiful, and she wanted the
design to reflect that.
"My 3-year-old is very into superheroes," Flake told
People. "But she tells me all the time that she's not pretty, so lately
our motto has been 'Pretty Strong' — because girls can be both beautiful and
"My goal was to sell 50 shirts, which would have raised
a few hundred dollars for disaster relief in San Marcos, where my mom spent the
final years of her life," Flake told People magazine.
However, within 24 hours, the shirts had raised $10,000. By
Wednesday, that figure was over $55,000. Now, Flake's goal is to get that
number to $100,000.
"It's overwhelming, almost, the amount of support that
T-shirt has raised," Michelle Harper, CEO of United Way of Hays County, said to People. "The outpouring of love that we've seen not only for her T-shirt
but our community is amazing."