Local artist Mike Bennett made a wooden cutout of the now famous Bernie Sanders in Mittens image and put it on his front porch on inauguration day. Neighbors loved it and passersby stopped to take selfies with it. When Mike heard that the Bernie Sanders Campaign and put the image on a sweatshirt and was selling them to benefit Meals on Wheels of Vermont, he figured he could do something similar for Meals on Wheels People.
He posted a photo of the cutout on his Instagram page on Sunday, Jan. 24, asking people to make bids for the artwork. In less than 24 hours, someone had bid $1,550 for the piece. Urban Nest Realty matched the bid. Then, a second bidder agreed to pay the same amount for a second cutout. And Nike matched that bid. As did Urbanite Furniture. The donation was now up to $7,500. But it didn’t stop there.
In partnership with Shirt Nerdery of Milwaukie, the cutout has now made its way onto t-shirts and hoodies that are selling like hotcakes. And for every $50 donated, Mike will send out a special Bernie sticker. The donations have already topped $10,000 and do not show any sign of slowing down.
Mike can be reached at 503-421-5559.
About Meals on Wheels People: Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. We provide more than a meal to thousands of older adults in the greater Portland metro area. Our service not only alleviates hunger and social isolation, but allows seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes. Aging in place reduces depression, falls and hospitalization as well as the high cost of institutional care. For more
information, visit: mowp.org.