My mother was a bus driver for children with special needs in Chico, CA. One of the little girls on my mother’s route would spend the duration of her ride drawing. When the bus arrived at school, the little girl often gave my mother her artwork. During a visit home, I saw one of the little girl’s drawings on the refrigerator and thought the characters she’d drawn were fantastic! Being the ‘t-shirt junkie’ that I am, I commented that the artwork would look great on a shirt.
I’d been searching for a new professional path, after pursuing a career in baseball, and always knew I wanted to do something to help others. Paper Clouds Apparel (PCA) was the idea I had been seeking. For almost two years, I worked construction, bartender and worked other odd jobs to raise start-up funding for PCA.
Thank you for reading PCA’s story and your support in helping some amazing friends of mine!
- Robert Thornton, Founder and CEO
OUR PURPOSE: Paper Clouds Apparel was formed to showcase the creative minds and artistic abilities of individuals with special needs while raising funds to provide financial support for special needs schools and organizations. We achieve this goal by selling t-shirts, hats and totes featuring artwork designed by individuals with special needs. Paper Clouds Apparel also hires individuals with special needs to package all of our sensory-friendly clothing. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the sale of all merchandise is given to the cause we are promoting in each campaign.