As many know, American Solutions for Business is headquartered in the small, quiet town of Glenwood, Minnesota. Nestled in the center of the state, this area is known for its beautiful lakes, friendly people and scenic wilderness. It’s the reason thousands of people flock here for their vacation destination – they associate this area with happy memories.
Sadly, there is another story that is tied to this area, and has shaped the way we think about our families, communities and safety. Like many others, you may remember the heartbreaking story of the abduction and death of Jacob Wetterling in 1989. In response to this tragedy, many of the sex offender laws in place today were established after awareness spread on a national level. After Jacob’s killer confessed earlier this year, the closure for his death has been at the forefront of much media coverage and has spurred an additional push for child safety.
The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center was in need of T-shirts for the #11forJacob Movement and requested American’s help to set up an eCommerce site to quickly fulfill shirt orders. A large portion of these proceeds go to supporting the organization. The account managers for this project were Mike and Mark Jirschele, who remember Jacob’s abduction well. They attribute much of this program’s success to Dubow Textile, an industry decorator, who contributed to the cause by providing special pricing and service to get the orders through as quickly as possible. Jenna Kraemer, the Director of Business Development at Dubow, was instrumental in implementing this program. Being from the St. Cloud area, Jenna was deeply affected by the disappearance, as it happened only 10 minutes from her home.
The Minnesota Wild, a National Hockey League team, wanted to support the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center and purchased several shirts to spread the word. Much of this was encouraged by star player, Zach Parise, and his wife, who donated $11,000 to the cause.
Using American’s proprietary eCommerce platform, we set up an easy-to-use ordering site linked from the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center website. Click here to order your T-shirt and support the cause to end child abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. We believe that by working together with our friends and neighbors, we can make our communities safer and stronger!