Pay It Forward clothing helps kids in need
By Kari Toland
photo courtesy of PIF's website
PIF founder Zach Stuck launched his philanthropic
clothing line this January
Fox Valley Technical College student Zach Stuck launched his own clothing line Pay It Forward (PIF) this year.
PIF has collaborated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Appleton, Oshkosh, Green Bay and most recently Milwaukee. He hopes to add Madison to the list soon.
For every article of clothing bought, Stuck donates the same item to one of the Boys & Girls Club locations in the Fox Valley.
"I wanted to differ myself from the thousands of other clothing lines out there and also help my community. Some of these kids really need clothes and they deserve nice, new clothes," Stuck said.
PIF has taken about 150 pre-orders for his line. The plan is to donate clothing on a quarterly basis with his first contribution debuting by the end of March.
Stuck's line matches what has already been ordered with a child's specific needs and provides that item of clothing. PIF offers a variety of t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. Stuck is also working on lighter clothing for the summer months and backpacks before next school year.
"I'm trying to match up seasons with the type of clothing I'm getting out. I use high-end brand clothing so the clothes last for the kids," Stuck said.
Stuck plans to maintain his connection with the Boys & Girls Club because they are both local and national, and represent what he wants for his business. He began contacting the organization a few months ago to prepare for his first donation.
"The Pay It Forward idea fits right into the Boys & Girls Club philosophy of building character. It is a simple way for consumers to help out someone else who may not have the same financial resources," Lori Fields, Radford Center director at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, said.
The kids who are part of the Boys & Girls Club are not aware they will be receiving these items. Fields wants Stuck to go talk to the children about PIF and what it means for them after the first shipment is received.
"I hope that his business expands and catches on with others. He has a creative product and a kind heart," Fields said.
Sophomore John Doyle has been following PIF since its inception.
"I saw PIF on Facebook and I started wearing the clothing to support him. This project is something I like being a part of. Talking to him, he seems to have the knowledge to put together this business. I believe in what he is doing," Doyle said.
Stuck is currently in school for marketing. He is the sole creator of PIF and the only one involved with the project. He created the font and designs for all the clothes, and also built the clothing line's website. Everything he uses is made in the United States, including using a screen printer out of Madison.
"I'd like to keep purchasing my products as local as possible. I'm going to try and keep everything American made," Stuck said.
To view or purchase clothing from Stuck's clothing line, visit www.pifclothing.com or PIF's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.