To date, an estimated 520 Candler Strong shirts and 50 signs have been sold, netting $3300 in proceeds for the Chamber’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant program.

More than 15 businesses have benefited from $36,000 in funding from the grants and grants will continue to be awarded as long as funds are available. 

“We have been so happy with the response we have received from the community during this campaign,” said Carvy Snell, owner of Metter Graphics/Metter Advertiser, which spearheaded the project. “We are proud to play a role in helping our fellow small businesses during this difficult time.” 

The Candler Strong campaign will end on May 31. Orders for shirts and signs can be made through this date at spiritstore.online (Candler Strong). Shirts are available in nine colors for sizes AS-XXXL, and two youth size colors are offered.  

An additional 320 shirts were donated to Candler County Hospital staff, first responders and Bi-Lo personnel through sponsorships from Randy’s, Queensborough Bank, Ace Hardware, D & S Electric, Davis Heating & Air and Metter Graphics.

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