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Garner Wireman

Garner Wireman

Class of 1988

Three years ago, Garner watched an interview of Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes. He was sharing how he was meeting the needs of those in need of footwear in impoverished countries. When someone buys a pair of TOMS shoes, they donate a pair to someone in need.

That same night, Garner couldn't sleep because he kept asking myself, "What can I do?" He wrote down the basic needs of people; food, water, clothes, and shelter. As he stared at the needs that most of people take for granted, he began to create a business plan that would help meet three of the four needs; food, clothes, and water.

The business model was simple: For every item offered, he would donate a similar item or a monetary donate to a Non-Governmental Organization. The name of the business is one4one. Another important part of one4one is that it is eco-friendly. What would be the point of having a business that was harming the environment. After a year of research, one4one was launched as a webstore. one4one sells, shirts and hooded sweat shirts that are a blend of organic cotton and polyester that is created from plastic bottles. one4one also carry 100% organic tote bags and head wear.

When a customer purchases a one4one shirt of hooded sweat shirt, one4one donates a similar item to someone in need through United Way, Salvation Army, or directly to a mission or shelter within St. Joe and Elkhart County.

Proceeds from the H2OPE shirt goes to Mercy Corps, which assists countries in irrigation systems and building wells. When someone buys a tote bag, one4one donates a monetary gift equivalent to 30 lbs. of for to the United Way Food Network.

With a purchase of the headwear, one4one donates a scarf and hat to a mission or shelter.

one4one also wants to provide clothing not only to the local communities but also throughout the world, so one4one will sell a specific shirt that will go to a country that desperately needs help. In 2013, he will be going to Peru to distribute clothing to impoverished neighborhoods in Peru.

As of February 2013, Garner will have distributed over 350 items of clothing, hats and scarfs, and 8500lbs of food within Elkhart and St. Joe Counties.

In conjunction with one4one, Garner created Project 287 which raises awareness of the 287,000 Indiana children that live in poverty. In 2011, Garner walked from Goshen IN to Indianapolis (154 miles) for Project 287. He raised over $4000 that went towards those living in missions and shelters throughout IN. Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a proclamation that June 20-25 was designated as 287,000 Steps Against Poverty for 2011.

In 2013, Garner plans to run a 5k, 10k, and a min-marathon for Project 287.

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