Tattoo Shop Raises Over $8K to Pay off Student Lunch Debt

When they found out that students in their community were struggling, they loaded up on ink to help out.

You might not think that a group of burly, bearded tattoo artists have the biggest hearts. But the crew at Secondskin Tattoo shop in St. Mary's, GA recently proved that kindness comes in many different shapes, sizes and designs.

The shop hosted a fundraiser last week to raise money to help pay off student lunch debt at a local elementary school. They invited members of the community to come out and get inked, with the promise they would donate half the proceeds to Camden County Schools to help erase the debt.

On the day of the event, there was a line of customers out the door, ready to get one of the pre-advertised tattoo designs added to their body, forever. The crew worked from 10:00 am until well after midnight and ended up doing a total of 350 tattoos. The shop had a goal to raise $5,000 but they ended up making over $7,000 by the end of the day. A few other local businesses gave some money, which brought their total donations up to a little over $8,000.

Patrons line up to get inked at Secondskin Tattoo shop.

A representative from Camden County Schools said the generous donation will go "a long way" in helping to make sure that every child gets a healthy, nutritious lunch. The funds provided by Secondskin will pay off all of the current lunch charges with the rest going to replenish the school's emergency fund to help keep kids fed.

Crew members of the shop will present the donation check to the school's principal early next month. They're hoping more businesses will donate in the meantime to bring the grand total up to $10,000.

"We're kind of sweethearts," Charles Platt, one of the tattoo artists, told Action News Jax .

"We all like to give back and, yeah, we like what we do. We all look rough or whatever, but we're all just people, too." - Charles Platt

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(Source: images Secondskin Tattoo Facebook )

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