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Screen printing business in Hillsboro giving back to local refugees

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Hussein Al-Baiaty, who runs Refutees in Hillsboro. (KPTV) Hussein Al-Baiaty, who runs Refutees in Hillsboro. (KPTV)
HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

A local small business is working to make a big impact for refugees from around the world, and the owner knows a thing or two about the cause because he's been through it.

The business is called "Refutees", and when someone purchases a t-shirt, another will be donated to local refugees.

The project operates under The Printory out of Hillsboro. It's run by Hussein Al-Baiaty, who came to the United States from Saudi Arabia with his family in 1994. Al-Baiaty said that experience fueled his passion to help other refugees.

Al-Baiaty eventually came to Oregon, attended Portland State University and became interested in t-shirt design. It didn't take long before he combined his love of screen printing and helping others.

Like many refugees, Al-Baiaty knows how challenging it can be when you first move to the states.

"You're new to the neighborhood. You may not know the perfect English, but maybe they could just point you to the bus stop or MAX station or simple things like that," said Al-Baiaty. "Just being kind. I remember that was the most beautiful thing."

Refutees partners with IRCO, or Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization. The company has a goal to fill a box with 100 garments every month to donate to refugees.

The t-shirts cost $25. Every month the t-shirts will have a different design for purchase. This month, the t-shirt pays tribute to the late Mohammed Ali.

To learn more about Refutees, visit theprintory.com/refutees/

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