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T-shirts proclaim resilience for downtown Denison

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T-shirt sales are helping to raise funds for downtown Denison fire victims. (KTEN) T-shirt sales are helping to raise funds for downtown Denison fire victims. (KTEN)
'Rising from the Ashes' T-shirts are being sold to raise funds for victims of the downtown Denison fire. (KTEN) 'Rising from the Ashes' T-shirts are being sold to raise funds for victims of the downtown Denison fire. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- There's a new effort to help raise funds for people touched by last week's big fire in downtown Denison.

T-shirts bearing the slogan "Rising from the Ashes" are being sold to raise money, and we're told that hundreds are already spoken for.

The proceeds go to residents and businesses burned out by the blaze in the 300 block of West Main Street.

"It's just a small piece of what we as a community can do, and we're very thankful this is just one more thing," said downtown building owner Kirsten Solomon.

The shirts are being offered at 301 Mercantile and Main Street Mall in downtown Denison.

"After the fire started, we knew we needed to do something," said Kimberlea Miller, owner of The Hangin' T. "So the Arts Council is down here with us and we decided on them creating the image for the shirt, and then we got with DDI, which is a nonprofit organization downtown that is going to handle all the money."

More shirts will be printed Tuesday night and will be available on Wednesday.

"Watching the business owners and building owners try to rebuild, and try to figure out what to do and what their next step is, is just heartbreaking," said 301 Mercantile owner Cathy Pryor.

Meanwhile, Denison Main Street says two businesses -- My Friends House and 2 Chicks Home & Market -- remain closed as a result of the fire.

Luxor Nails, Denison Dance Academy and The Desk & Easel are serving customers from alternate or temporary locations; the Independent Bank ATM is open and the bank is expected to reopen soon; and Snow White Dry Cleaners has reopened.

Colorado visitor David Miller said he was inspired to purchase one of the fundraising T-shirts.

"There's always more good than there is bad in this world, and I can see it here in Texoma land," he said. "I see it in Denison; it's absolutely amazing."

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