A Veteran’s Story

CHRIS, United States Army
Paired with Charlie, adopted from Great Plains SPCA
Served in Afghanistan

I was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. Growing up, many of my family members served—Navy and Marine, and I spent a lot of time  playing “Army.” I always knew that one day that’s what I would do.

In total I served my country for 25 years. I enlisted in the Army in 1990 and retired in 2015 as a First Class Sergeant. Over the course of my career I fulfilled many different roles. When I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 I was a truck driver with the Ford support company for an infantry battalion. During this time I sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury, and returned with other wounds that were less visible from the outside.

This seems to be the most difficult thing to explain about PTSD—the internal struggle. Many people are familiar with the symptoms—stress, anxiety, night terrors, insomnia, depression—but it can be very difficult to detect when these symptoms are manifesting. There are times when I am having a panic attack in the middle of the store, but no one from the outside would have any idea, no clue what is happening to me on the inside.

Since I was diagnosed with Post traumatic stress in 2015 I rarely venture outside of my own home. Being around crowds and confronting situations that are unpredictable is extremely difficult—something that I avoid altogether if I’m able which has caused me to become isolated from people and completely prevents me from being able to do some of the things that I love to do.

In the past, several people mentioned to me that they believed that a service dog could make a positive difference in my life. Growing up I was always surrounded by dogs, family pets. There was no doubt that I loved dogs and understood what people meant by the special bond that people have between animals. I just wasn’t sure that I was ready for a service dog, for my PTSD to be outed in this way. But with time and a lot of research I came to the realization that maybe my friends and family were right, and that this step was worth the risk.

I’m so glad that I took that risk. Not even a week into training, Charlie has already made a difference in my life. He loves to cuddle which helps me to unwind at the end of the day and he’s ALWAYS happy. He helps me to get through places or situations I would entirely avoid—public places, crowds, loud noises, bright lights—because I know he is there. With Charlie I look forward to his companionship, to being able to go hunting and fishing again like I used to. Above all, I‘m most excited to live a more independent lifestyle, to have the sense of freedom and confidence to go wherever or do whatever I want.




Written by Samantha Jeffers; Director of Development at Warrior’s Best Friend

Warrior’s Best Friend Website

An Ugly Christmas Sweater Story with Warrior’s Best Friend

It’s Ugly Sweater Season!

Cue the ringing bells and the and the tip toeing to avoid slipping on ice, it’s UGLY SWEATER season everyone. In recent years we have seen a resurgence in the popularity of the not so eye-pleasing garment. Like it or not, those ugly sweaters are now a staple of the frosty season, covered in everything from gingerbread men to Christmas lights you can find it all.

Not All Sweaters are Ugly

While ugly sweaters may add some excitement to the weather changing and may not fit your wardrobe outside of December, these sweaters you’ll want to display until the weather gets warm. The Warrior’s Best Friend ugly sweaters are being sold as a fundraising event for Warrior’s Best Friend. For those of you who don’t know they work with puppies. These pups aren’t your average furry friend though, they are specially trained companions to help Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Their organization works to provide service dogs to the men and women who served our country for no charge.


Support Warrior’s Best Friend and their mission to make the ugly sweater beautiful this year!


Get your ugly Christmas sweater! or learn more about Warrior’s Best Friend. If you have a fundraising



project and are interested in what Show Me Logos can do for your organization in the Kansas City, MO area, contact us online or give us a call at (816) 781-5367 to get the process started!


How Can I Quickly Create a Fundraising Shirt?

You need fundraising for your baseball team, softball team, cheer squad, or student organization and you want to sell custom shirts promoting your organization. There are many ways you can go about designing, selling, and distributing your shirts. Whether you have a great shirt design already or need help getting started Show Me Logos is here to help you! With our full-service fundraising experience, we deliver tools to help you make fundraising simple and easy.

Designing Your Perfect Fundraising Shirt

We all aren’t genius shirt designers and getting our message across perfectly can become difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. Utilizing our free online design studio, you gain access to predesigned icons, images, designs, and clip art to supplement your logo and message. Use the design studio to create professionally styled and designed shirts for your fundraiser. If you happen to be artfully inclined, you can upload your own design directly into the design studio easily!

How Easy Can Fundraising Be?

Well with Show Me Logos it can be very simple. Long are the days of walking up to each person, collecting a shirt size and money, and then taking the funds to the print shop. We help each of our fundraising customers make the process easier by providing a unique URL webstore to collect orders. We collect the orders, money, and then print the shirts to either be delivered directly to the people who ordered them or to you. After your fundraiser, you get a check for the money you made and the shirts that you want to distribute.

If you are ready to get started designing your next fundraising shirts visit our design studio. Check out our current web stores to get a better idea of how the process works. If you want to get the ball rolling for your next fundraiser call us at (816) 781-5367 or send us a message.

Updated Design Studio

When it comes to designing a t-shirt not all of us have the expertise, that’s why for our customers in Kansas City, Missouri and throughout the Midwest we have the design studio. Well just what is the design studio you might be asking, it’s the online tool we provide to our customers to help them create great looking custom t-shirts quickly and easily!

We provide you with this tool so that you can create a custom design that is perfect for whatever your needs are. Whether you are putting together a fundraiser or a family reunion you will find the perfect artwork and simple design tools of the design studio to help you.

What’s new in the Design Studio?

Well our design studio has recently gotten a face lift! The user interface is now easier than ever with a simplified layout and minimalist button configuration. Don’t worry though if you’re an avid design studio user, you will still find all the great tools that you love to work with. Quickly grab art work and graphics already loaded into the system with the “add art” button or upload your own design! When you have created your great design, share it with your friends to get feedback with the save and share button.

The design studio has also gotten a large upgrade to clip art and graphic options. We now have a greater selection of mascots and outdoors icons. Use these graphics to create team shirts and other exciting designs for you and your friends. Remember, if you ever have trouble with designing our in-house art department will gladly lend a hand.

Here at Show Me Logos we have always been big fans of taking the guess work out of getting custom t-shirts made. That’s why we provide our online design studio to help people just like you get their t-shirt designs started. If you want to learn more about what Show Me Logos has to offer give us a call today.

Company Web Stores

Does your business use corporate apparel to present a consistent image of your company to your current and potential customers? If you do it is likely that you cannot stand the issues that come along with the process including stocking inventory (costs a lot), putting together shirt orders (takes a lot of time), and delivering apparel (a huge headache).

Corporate apparel has many benefits to your organization.

  • Establish a dress code that is comfortable and professional.
  • Consistent dress codes “blur” the lines between management and subordinates, this promotes honest communication and cooperation between employees.
  • When you have your employees wear corporate apparel, they generally identify more strongly with your company’s values and goals.
  • Customers often associate a consistent image in corporate apparel with well-established companies, this gives them more confidence in working with you.
  • Consistency is important, when they can associate their positive experience with an image then they will be more inclined to give repeat business.
  • Corporate apparel helps to give your employees more authority. Customers often associate employees who wear corporate apparel as experts.

We know that our corporate clients enjoy simplicity and that’s why we brought them the Company Web Store option for corporate apparel. This tool allows our clients to setup a custom URL that they can then send their employees to for apparel ordering.
That’s fine, but where do you benefit? You benefit from not having to hold inventory stock, gather orders, or distribute orders. Your employees order what they need from the web store and can pick up or have the apparel shipped directly to them.

Interested in a Company Web Store contact us today to ask about options.

Need Help Fundraising?

Show Me Logos has been helping businesses, foundations, community groups, and individuals raise money for their causes for years. We make making money for your cause a breeze, with custom online fundraising stores you can direct online sales simply.

How Does it Work?

All you need to do to get started with your fundraiser is to contact Show Me Logos about a fundraising campaign. If you already have   products in mind you want to sell, awesome we can get started right away. If you are looking for products to sell you can browse our catalogs or talk with our staff about finding the right garments.

You don’t have a design, logo, or message for your fundraising campaign? That’s fine! Our in-house art department can help you come up with great graphics for your products.

Once you have decided on your product and graphic choices you can start to relax, unlike traditional garment fundraising. You don’t have to worry about collecting sizes, money, and quantities because our online fundraising store can do that for you! Just simply direct people to the unique URL that we give you and people can directly place orders and pay online.

Whether you prefer to come pick up the order or have us ship the product out, when your fundraising period is over we will give you the funds that you raised and you can be happy you did fundraising the Show Me way! The Henning Family Foundation recently raised over $1,000 for their non-profit selling t-shirts!

For more information about custom online fundraising stores contact us today to talk about your fundraiser.

Corporate Apparel the Easy Way

Organizing a corporate apparel order is always a headache for the organizer. The distribution of apparel after the order has been fulfilled may be more stressful. Worst of all may be collecting payment from everyone who wants apparel and making sure nothing is lost along the way.

This is exactly why here at Show Me Logos we decided to make the process of corporate apparel ordering simple. Instead of you the organizer having to handle every aspect of the apparel ordering and distribution process, we take on the responsibility to receive, process, and fulfill orders.

How we do this is simple.

  1. Contact us online or by phone at (816) 781-5367
  2. You decide on what apparel you want to offer your employees
  3. We set up a custom webstore for your business
  4. You get a custom URL for that webstore you can send your employees to
  5. Your employees purchase their apparel directly on the webstore
  6. You can have apparel shipped to your employees or pick up bulk orders

We have tried our best to simplify the corporate apparel process for our clients. This is because we have listed to the difficulties that they have had in past corporate apparel orders.

You can see what businesses and causes have custom webstores up now. You can learn more about our embroidery service, or you can contact us to get started with a custom webstore.

If you need help with design our in-house art department is glad to help you refine a logo or come up with a design from scratch. You can contact the art department through our online contact form or by phone at (816) 781-5367.

Custom Vintage Style T-Shirts

Vintage Style T-Shirts are Popular

Vintage screen-printed shirts have become quite popular lately. People are looking all over for the “worn out look” of screen printed designs. Seeing as how many different types of designs, styles, and weathering patterns you can create on a screen printed shirt it is no surprise.

Here at Show Me Logos design studio we make it possible for our customers to stay trendy with their screen printing! Using our custom design studio you can apply different types of weathering to your designs to achieve the vintage look that is all the craze!

The Vintage Effect

Gaining this effect is simple to implement

  1. Choose your garment from the design studios selection
  2. Import your own images/art from your device or use the art provided in the design studio (we are always adding new designs to it!)
  3. Add wording if you would like
  4. Select your layers and apply one of the many filters in the design studio
  5. Order and relax until your shirts are ready!

We make it super simple for our customers to have a great experience in the design studio.

If you have an idea for a t-shirt design but don’t know how to create it, contact our in-house art department for help! We can have a great design for you quickly and easily!

If you have an awesome design that you would like to sell, contact us and ask about setting up a custom web store that you can have people purchase your clothing at. Doing this you don’t have to touch the product, we will collect orders, print, and ship for you! Just promote your clothing through social media or other mediums to get your minimum order quantity!

If you are eager to get started check out the design studio! Don’t know where to start see our blogs on how to navigate the design studio. Have other printing needs like signs, banners, embroidery, and vehicle decals give us a shout.

The Henning Family Foundation Fundraiser

Why Fundraising T-Shirts for the Foundation?

This week, we would like to highlight a terrific organization the Henning Family Foundation. The foundation works to help save lives in the greater Kansas City area by providing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to kid’s sports venues and other public areas. AEDs help save lives across the world when individuals have heart attacks and they cannot get emergency services quickly.

The foundation was started because of the death of Tim Henning, a loving father and husband. He had a heart attack at his son’s baseball game and despite the efforts of an ER doctor, a paramedic and a nurse they could not revive Tim. This has fueled the foundation’s efforts to protect families throughout Kansas City from this trauma.

Tragically, Denise the loving mother and wife of the Henning family passed after a battle with breast cancer. To raise money for the foundation to continue their mission, the Henning Family Foundation contacted us here at Show Me Logos.

How we Help the Henning Family Foundation

We offered them the ability to have our in-house art department design the graphical text design of the shirts. With the power of our fundraising stores, we could take the hassle out of t-shirt fundraising for them. They receive a custom link to their fundraiser store and we collect orders and ship the shirts, decreasing the stress of distribution.

The Henning Family Foundation is a great organization that is working hard to keep Kansas City family’s safe. We are glad to have had the opportunity to help them in achieving their goal!

Visit the Henning Family Foundation fundraising store and look at the fundraising shirts for the cause! You can learn more about the foundation on their webpage. If you have a fundraiser Show Me Fundraising may be the option for you.

National Embroidery Day

Celebrating the embroidery machine

Since the 1990s extreme advances in computer technology has elevated and expanded the scope of machine embroidery. On National Embroidery Day a lot of us embroidery professionals look back at embroidery throughout the years and appreciate what we have today. The modern-day embroidery machine allows us to embroidery nearly anything you can think of in a mere fraction of the time hand embroidery and less sophisticated machines could.

For the customer

Before the invention of the modern-day embroidery machine, embroidery was costlier and less efficient. Today customers all around the world enjoy the ability to embroider almost any design onto whatever they would like with quick delivery times. Our shop for instance can turn around a 100-shirt order in less than a week.

Moving forward

As technology continues to advance, we will see the benefits for customers and businesses alike. Allowing for greater variations in designs, decreased costs, and faster turnarounds. Embroidery is a great way to mark something beautifully forever.

If you are interested in learning more about National Embroidery Day there’s a great day of the year website. Have an embroidery project for your business, team, or organization check out this post on different ways to use embroidery. Want to know more about our embroidery shop here at Show Me Logos we’re happy to answer your questions.