6-year-old boy goes viral with graphic T-shirt on first day of school

A photo of a 6-year-old boy rocking a custom T-shirt his mother made for him to wear on his first day back to school has gone viral.

Nikki Rajahn, a Georgia mom of four young children who runs her own personalization company called Unfading Adornments, took to Facebook last week to share the shirt her son, Blake, asked her to design for his first day of class at North Fayette Elementary School.

"I have to brag on my son," Rajahn wrote. "I told him that as a back to school gift, I will make him any shirt he would like. It could have anything — a basketball theme, football, etc. — which are all his favorites. He thought a while and said, 'Will you please make me a shirt that says, 'I will be your friend' for all the kids who need a friend to know that I am here for them?'"

"Never underestimate your kid's heart for others! I love my sweet Blake!" Rajahn ended her post. 

The sweet message has been shared over 7,400 times and racked up more than 14,000 reactions.

Nearly 1,500 people flocked to the comment section to express their own desire for one of the boy's anti-bullying shirts, whether for their child or for themselves — a request which the designer happily obliged.

Rajahn quickly created a site to sell the bright orange tees, with plans to donate a portion of the profits to the Real Life Center, a local nonprofit that aims to "provide help for hurting families" by giving them "means to cope with the financial, emotional, and spiritual hardships of life."

A product listing for the shirt features a quote from Blake, which his mother describes as his mission: "I want to make sure that kids that are bullied know they have a friend already."

Rajahn took to Facebook again on Friday to express gratitude for the overwhelming response her son's story received. 

"Thank you so much for all the support and kind words!" she wrote. "I am trying to keep up with everyone's comments and read them all to Blake and so far he is blown away! He doesn't understand why everyone thinks this is a big deal because he thought everyone thinks like him. He said 'oh this is so great because now more and more people will have more and more friends!'"

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The back-to-school season is right around the corner! We chatted with Sara Skirboll, Shopping & Trends Expert at RetailMeNot, on what to buy and her budget-friendly shopping tips! Keep reading to find out more! 

Make a list and stick to it!

"The long list of needs that teachers ask their students to bring is daunting enough, so make sure you stick to the needs and less on the wants."

Hold off on the trendiest items

"Back-to-school shopping can be exciting for kids and they may be drawn to the most trendy items they see. Hold off on that lunchbox or pencil case in a certain theme or design, because once they start school and see what other students have,  they might change their mind. "

Take advantage of Sales Tax Holiday/Weekends

"Towards the end of summer, many states have sales tax holiday where shoppers can buy items without paying the sales tax. Check to see if your state offers it and when and stock up on the back to school essentials like clothing, electronics and all forms of school supplies then."

Buy the basics in bulk

"When the school year starts, kids can really go through the essentials like paper, pencils, glue sticks and notebooks. Not to mention, adults use all of these items as well more often than not. When supplies get low throughout the year, make sure to buy these items in bulk for the best deal."

Like and follow stores and retailers on social media

"Follow your favorite brands and retailers on social media and sign up for their email newsletters. It is a great way for shoppers to stay in the know about the latest and greatest deals and savings."

Compare prices

"Most parents will have to buy some sort of bigger price tag items like a laptop or tablet. Be sure to price compare at different retailers to make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck."


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