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T-shirts and love notes: Community rallies to unite

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(Photo: Sophie Bailey) (Photo: Sophie Bailey)
(Photo: Sophie Bailey) (Photo: Sophie Bailey)
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It’s been just over a week since large, and sometimes violent, protests broke out in Portland following the election.

Now, as things calm down, many across the metro area are looking for ways to bring the community together.

Lisa Steidman dined at Seres Restaurant in the Pearl District because she heard about their great happy hour menu, but also because she wants to see healing in her city.

“When I saw the sign on the door I thought what a perfect idea, we really are supporting the businesses that got hit," said Steidman.

Seres was one of many businesses vandalized during last week’s protest. Since then, the support has poured in.

Customers, like Steidman, are showing up and penning their sentiments on the plywood where the glass door once stood.

“I'm impressed, people did a great job,” Steidman said, as she looks at all the notes on the door. “It’s divisive at this point, and we all have our personal feelings and some are upset, some aren’t. But what do we do as a community with all those feelings? It’s hard.”

Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the metro area, Sophie Bailey, a junior at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, is literally sharing the love one t-shirt at a time.

“'I stand with you, spread love, never hate,' and on the back it said 'we are one,'” Bailey explained what’s on the shirts.

One by one, Bailey hand painted her message on 100 t-shirts to give away to classmates. Within minutes, all 100 shirts were spoken for.

“There was a lot of hectic things going on and I felt like people were really frustrated and scared. I wanted to do something that united people and let them know they are loved,” Bailey told FOX 12.

Bailey says she hopes her act of kindness will resonate, not only on campus, but in her community as well.

“I wanted to take this approach because it was not political. It showed people at my school that we are a family and we are unified. It didn’t take sides, but rather spreads kindness in a way that doesn’t discriminate against anyone,” Bailey said.

Bailey says the feedback on campus has been positive, and a teacher even told her it was a great idea. She’s already gotten requests for more t-shirts, and says she’s working on a way to screen-print more of them to give out.

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