First Donation Made From "Stronger Than Hate" T-shirt Sales

The $18,000 will benefit the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting

Joe DeStio
December 28, 2018 - 12:35 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The owners of a local t-shirt company have donated an $18,000 check to the Tree of Life Victims of Terror Fund to help with recovery from the October mass shooting  at the Squirrel Hill synagogue.

Larry and Anne Barasch operate in Robinson Township. He says they have sold thousands of their “Stronger Than Hate” t-shirts all over the world. As for the $18,000 check Larry Barasch calls it symbolic.

“In the Jewish faith, the number 18 which is also called akht, represents ‘life’,” said Barasch.

Barasch adds Friday’s donation is only the first one of more to come as orders remain to be filled.

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“We’ve had schools that are planning events in January around the country. (They say) ‘We need 150 shirts, we need 300 shirts’,” said Barasch.

The donation was made in honor of the Barasch’s Uncle Juda Samet, a Holocaust survivor and Tree of Life member who missed the October 27 shooting by only four minutes.

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