NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Project 615 is a company that has always worked to give back, and they have continued that work by creating a special shirt to honor and raise money for victims of the Waffle House Tragedy in Antioch, following the shooting on Sunday.
"We all sat down (on Monday) and were like, okay, let's talk about this. How do we feel personally? How do we feel as a company? What can we do about it?" April Kirby, operations coordinator with Project 615, said.
All of the employees felt compelled to do something, because they all realized they all could have been victims.
"I think we all raised our hand if we'd been at a Waffle House in the past three months," Kirby recalled.
That's when the company decided they could help the victims by doing what they do best, making shirts.
Their idea was to take the Waffle House logo and combine it with one of their most popular shirts, "Spread love, it's the Nashville way" by having the words "Spread Love" inside of the Waffle House logo.
In the first 24 hours of sales, Project 615 had already sold hundreds of shirts with 100% of the profits going to the victims. That's more than $10,000, which they believe shows the character of the Nashville community.
"Yeah, something really bad happened in Nashville, but look at all these people coming together, look at all the love that's coming out of that," Kirby said. "I'm one of the rare natives that grew up here, and it's changed so much, but one thing that has always remained the same is: we just come together."
The shirts are on sale on Project 615's website and will be available for purchase in their Nations and East Nashville locations on Friday.
Project 615 employs men recovering from homelessness, addiction, and mental illness, and they are constantly doing giveback campaigns.