How Ellen Pompeo and Tacos Are Helping Inspire Change Through SustainU

With every new custom printing order comes a different story attached along with it — whether it’s a fundraiser, local restaurant/bar or an upcoming marathon, each client is unique as well as each of their narratives. Two of our most recent custom projects had important causes that our clients are helping support through the sale of the custom T-shirts they ordered through us.

When a new client reached out to us to order tees with the words “Sass Squad” printed on the front and “Pompeo” on the back, we wondered whether or not this had any relation to Ellen Pompeo, the star of ABC’s hit show Grey’s Anatomy. Upon further exploration and research, we discovered that Pompeo was indeed behind the inspiration for these T-shirts.

Sass Squad is a fundraiser that was created to honor Ellen Pompeo’s birthday, which is November 10, by donating to a cause she cares about through the sale of official Sass Squad merchandise, including T-shirts. In the past, the squad has donated 100% of its profits to organizations such as Ocean Conservancy, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and International Animal Rescue. To date, around over $5,000 has been donated to these charities (according to the squad’s website).

This year, as their site says, “it’s back, but it’s better!”

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Sass Squad decided to take their message to the next level by partnering with us to make their T-shirt in the USA with recycled fabrics. All of the profits made from the sale of this tee will be donated to the Plastic Pollution Coalition. If you want to help out the cause and get a Sass Squad tee of your own, they’re available for $35 in their online store. Buy It Here: https://sasssquad.com/products/original-sass-squad-recycled-t-shirt

(Emmy-nominated actress Ellen Pompeo even tweeted about it herself!)

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Around the same time, another client, whom we previously had worked with in the past, reached out to us for a custom order. However, this time, she needed T-shirts printed for an entirely different project than we had done with her before.

La Presa Cafe, a popular Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, Texas that specializes in breakfast and street tacos, was targeted in a vandalism attack in early August. According to News 4 San Antonio, the business was completely trashed and many items were destroyed, including but not limited to the cash register, kitchen items and paintings which held high sentimental value. Unfortunately, merely weeks after the initial attack, the restaurant was once again targeted in what local news station News 4 San Antonio is now calling a “string of break-ins.” This time, the glass door was shattered and many items, such as an empty register, ladder, power drill and 20 pounds of meat, were now found missing.

It just so happens that the owner of the restaurant, Norma Gomez, is a close friend of the client who initially reached out to us. She wanted to help Gomez raise funds for the damage that had been done to her restaurant, so she put together a design and submitted an order to us. The graphic she sent over to us read “I Love You So Much,” but, the “you” was crossed out in place of an image of a taco.

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Upon further investigation, it turns out that “I Love Tacos So Much” is a San Antonio landmark that was created after drawing inspiration from the popular “I Love You So Much” landmark wall in Austin, Texas. Both walls are popular locations for photographs and tourists. Though both technically read “I Love You So Much,” the wall in San Antonio has the word “you” has been marked out and replaced with the word “tacos.” This wall, which is sadly vandalized on the regular, is what inspired the “I Love Tacos So Much” graphic that our client sent over to us.

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(Photo courtesy of MySanAntonio.com)

The “I Love Tacos So Much” T-shirts are being sold to help raise money for the damages of La Presa Cafe. The restaurant will be hosting a “Community Engagement Pachanga,” which will be an official City of San Antonio event in the Metro Health District on September 10. The “I Love Tacos So Much” T-shirts will be available for sale at the event, with proceeds going toward La Presa Cafe. For more information on the event, visit the Facebook event page.

Soon, the T-shirts will also be for sale online at the website ILoveTacosSoMuch.org.

Currently, the site has not been launched, but is expected to be sometime this week. Until then, donations toward the La Presa Cafe Recovery Fund can be made on their GoFundMe page.