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ETX response to teenager's t-shirt company: 'It's been overwhelming'


When he was 12, Braeden Simmons started a t-shirt company to help pay for missionaries to travel overseas.

We aired his story earlier this week, and on Wednesday, Braeden said the response has been overwhelming.

Since the story, Braeden's missionary social networking pages have been flooded.

"On the Mission Minded Threads website, we've had over 800 hits since the story has aired, and on the Mission Minded Threads Facebook page, there's been at least 20 new likes every hour," said Amy Simmons, Braeden's mother. "Even on Braeden's personal Facebook page he's been flooded with friend requests and messages from people he doesn't even know."

Many of these people are East Texas News or KLTV 7 News viewers who saw the story and wanted to help.

"I was getting a bunch of friend requests so I went and checked the KLTV story page. I checked on the likes and realized they were people that liked the story and were then sending me friend requests," said Braeden.

"We've also had other stores contacting us, wanting to carry Braeden's shirts in their stores as well," said Amy. 

The store owner of Boomtown Boutique and Consignments in Kilgore displayed the shirts Wednesday.

"I saw Braeden's story on the news last night and it inspired me as a new business owner to help him out and help out the community. So I put his line of shirts in my new store," said Meredith Greenway, owner of Boomtown Boutique and Consignments.

Blake Furniture is hosting Braeden's sock drive. They collect socks for kids in Africa

They have not sold his shirts previously,  but are now being asked where they can buy them.

"The response has been overwhelming! People have been coming in and dropping off their socks and then asking where to purchase the shirts. We don't even sell the shirts, so we let them know where to find those," said Nannette Louis, the Assistant Manager at Blake Furniture.

Even with all the publicity, Braeden just wants one thing.

"I hope people, at the end, get the real message that this is for God and for more people to get to know Him," said Braeden.

If you are interested in buying a shirt or would like to know locations that are hosting Braeden's sock drive, click here.

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