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Tie-Dye Never Looked So Good: Boy's Message Of Kindness Is Catching On In His Community And Beyond

He was inspired by a song to create t-shirts with a positive message. Now hundreds of others want to get in on the trend.


Every once in a while, you hear a song that completely changes the way you think. When I was a kid in the 80's, I remember hearing Michael Jackson's "Man In the Mirror" and feeling inspired by the lyrics of the song to do something good, to "take a look at yourself and make a change."

While the seriousness of the issues that Jackson was singing about, including child hunger, war and racial injustice, were a bit heavy for my 6-year-old self, the song struck me in a way that others hadn't.

When 9-year-old Caleb Harris heard the song "Be Nice" by the Black Eyed Peas, he was inspired by the lyrics to start spreading his own message of kindness.

He decided to start making t-shirts with positive sayings on them to help inspire others. The message reads: "Be Nice, Be You, Be Different."

The t-shirts are created using a variety of tie-dye colors...

Caleb's mom Tiffany says the shirts are a true reflection of her son's generous personality.

"You know, we'll be driving down the road and he sees someone and he wants to give them a dollar. He wants to buy them lunch," she told THV11-TV.

Caleb is selling his shirts at several shops in his town.Be Nice, Be You, Be Different- Caleb Harris/Facebook

Tiffany works with Caleb to make the shirts using tie-dye, and the design they've created is available in a variety of colors and sizes.

Caleb thinks it's perfect that the shirts are tie-dye, since all of the designs are slightly different, "just like people."

Caleb loves that the designs of his t-shirts are all slightly different, like people. Be Nice, Be You, Be Different- Caleb Harris/Facebook

Caleb has been selling his shirts through his Facebook page, and they're also stocked at a couple of small stores in his community. After his recent interview with a local news station, sales are growing by the day and Caleb now says he has a "ton" of orders to fill.

Tiffany says her son's t-shirt line will be a good lesson for him on responsibility and how it's important to work hard to earn your own money. She says he's saving up his profits to buy a Nintendo Switch Elite.

After his shirts were featured in a recent news segment, he says sales have shot up. Be Nice, Be You, Be Different- Caleb Harris/Facebook

"I'm not going to lie and say he is saving it up for college or to save the planet," Tiffany wrote in a Facebook post. "His goal is to purchase a Nintendo switch elite. Lol and honestly, I'm ok with that. I am more proud of the message he is sending and of his heart."

What an awesome idea to encourage more kindness and acceptance in the world, especially now. We hope to see Caleb's shirts in stores across the country soon!

Caleb's shirts can be purchased via his Facebook page. Be Nice, Be You, Be Different- Caleb Harris/Facebook

How can you start something good?

You can order one of Caleb's t-shirts by sending him a message though his Facebook page. While orders are backed up at the moment, Caleb says that he and his mother will answer each and every message they receive.

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