Hometown Heroes: Company's T-Shirts Encourage Pray

By Melanie Chapman | mchapman@kolr10.com

Published 07/31 2013 04:49PM

Updated 08/01 2013 06:32PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An Ozarks company that makes t-shirts is also giving back to the community.

Bigfish Screenprinting is working to help an infant and his family through a heart transplant.

People across the globe are praying for Caleb Miller. The four-month-old born with a congenital heart defect underwent a heart transplant two weeks ago. He remains at Children's Hospital in St. Louis.

"I've followed them ever since they found out he was a boy and then going from the high of knowing he's a boy to have all these heart issues he's going to have," says Emily Roos, a dear friend of the Millers. "They didn't know if he'd make it to birth, and they didn't know if they'd make it through this surgery, so he has a long road to go still ahead of him."

Emily works for Bigfish Screenprinting in Springfield. She and the company found a way to help the family through this emotional and financially challenging time. Bigfish is selling t-shirts for $10 online with the proceeds going to Caleb's family.

"We've already had people from different countries asking, 'hey, can I buy a shirt?' We can totally ship it to them."

Caleb has tens of thousands of followers on Facebook, so many people wanting to help, and maybe something as simple as a t-shirt can do just that. It reads "for this child I have prayed."

The company has a history of supporting the community in time of need -- people far and near.

Bigfish sold more than 30,000 t-shirts after the Joplin tornado. Today the focus is on Caleb's recovery.

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