The two Emerson College students who had originally hoped to raise $2,000 to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing will donate more than $890,000 to the One Fund Tuesday during a celebratory photo shoot in Copley Square.
Nicholas Reynolds, a Visual and Media Arts major, and Chris Dobens, a marketing communication major, began selling blue and yellow "Boston Strong" t-shirts just after the April 15 bombings to raise money for the victims.
The two friends hoped to sell 110 t-shirts, but in less than two months, they have sold 59,096 t-shirts and raised $893,940.
Reynolds and Dobens are now inviting everyone who has bought one of their shirts to wear theirs and take part in a group photo shoot when they hand over the money to the One Fund at 6 p.m.
"The Boston Strong Team has been so incredibly moved by the generosity shown by the Boston community following the bombing at this year's Boston Marathon. Come together in support of the victims, and be a part of the biggest "Boston Strong" photo!" read a post on the Boston Strong Facebook page.
Reynolds and Dobens told Boston Magazine they were inspired to organize a large scale group photograph of supporters in their "Boston Strong" t-shirts after receiving numerous photographs from people across the country wearing their t-shirts. They also hope people will visit the Copley Square memorial after the photograph is taken to reflect on the events.
"We want to see all of you there– all of you who help make Boston Strong!" a Facebook post read. "Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of the victims."
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