WE MATTER Coalition Opens Online Shop

Tori Moss and Clare Canavan

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On World Kindness Day, November 10, 2017, the suicide prevention and mental health awareness WE MATTER Coalition opened a temporary online store.

Christine Drexler, coalition founder, started WE MATTER Coalition in summer of 2017. The WE MATTER Coalition is group of Hershey and Hummelstown individuals, teachers, and students concerned with suicide prevention. The coalition also seeks to reduce the stigma around seeking out mental health treatment.

WE MATTER provides educational opportunities, training, parent and youth support so that we may better connect, equip, and empower our community,” according to the WE MATTER website.  

The coalition is selling all things purple, the color of suicide awareness, including, t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, hats, laptop stickers, and car decals. From the original “be kind” t-shirt, to a snapback mesh hat, then WE MATTER online shop has many items to offer to the community.

The prices of the merchandise range from $6 to $36 and can be shipped right to your door or picked up at Cafe on Cocoa, 1130 Cocoa Ave, Hershey PA, 17033. All the orders will be shipped or delivered within two to three weeks after the closing of the store on December 1, 2017.

The coalition is selling all things purple, the color of suicide awareness, including, t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, hats, laptop stickers, and car decals.

The We Matter coalition is hosting a few upcoming events. First, a showing of the film “Wonder,” on November 19, 2017, at the Movie E-Town.  And a also training to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in young adults presented by John P. Noullet M.S. from Wellspan Philhaven.  This training will take place at the Hershey Public Library on November 20, 2017.

The Hershey High School Cheerleaders support the WE MATTER Coalition by wearing their “be kind” t-shirts. The cheerleaders wore the purple t-shirts during their last football game of the season on November 3, 2017, to spread awareness about suicide. (WE MATTER founder/Christine Drexler)

The WE MATTER website shows their mission and impact on the community. Also, the website has information their upcoming fundraisers, and trainings. (WE MATTER store)