Tattoo’s for a cause

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Golightly: ‘Let’s try to give back little’

While expecting his own baby, a local business owner’s friends and family have been eager to reach out to help with any needs, which got him thinking about the needs in his community.

Dustin Golightly, owner of Golightly’s Ink, is urging his community to take action to help with this need.

“We posted a few weeks ago about doing a tattoo giveaway,” he said. “I have been thinking constantly about how we would do it.”

Recently he reached out to Gail Reed, [Barry County Neighborhood Center supervisor], and decided to do a diaper drive.

“As most of you know, Hailey and I are expecting little William to come in December. We are beyond excited, and the number one question we are asked is, ‘What do we need?’”

Golightly said he is thankful that they are fortunate enough to not really need anything, but there are many in the community and surrounding communities who do.

“It has me thinking a lot about the families in our area that could use some help, especially during this time,” he said. “So, we have decided to do a $350 tattoo giveaway, and all you have to do to enter is to go to Walmart and purchase a case of diapers and bring them by the shop.”

Even if a person isn’t interested in getting a tattoo, Golightly encourages people to donate.

“This can be awesome for our community,” he said. “One hundred percent of the donations will go to the Barry County OACAC, where they will, in turn, be given out to help any family in our community or communities near us.”

Golightly said this is a great way to give back.

“We are all excited about it,” he said. “If it goes over well, this will be a continuous thing. And, not just diapers. In November, we will do a coat drive and offer another tattoo give away.”

Golightly is asking for everyone to participate in this event.

“This is such a small thing that I can do,” he said. “I’m just offering some of my time to try to help as many people as possible.”

Golightly said for those who are not comfortable getting outside at this time and going to the store, they can call the shop.

“We will arrange payment online or over the phone, and we will go to the store for you and enter your name into the drawing,” he said. “A $350 tattoo is a big awesome tattoo, I hope you all participate. Let’s try to give back little.”

The drawing will be on Nov. 13, but Golightly wants to offer plenty of time for the diaper donations.

“It isn’t about us or the shop,” he said. “This is about coming together to help the people in our community.”

Reed said she and everyone at the Barry County OACAC is very excited for this partnership.

“He called us up and then all of a sudden it was rolling, and we were doing this,” she said. “Getting diapers locally for local kids is a huge deal. There is a large need for diapers in this area.”

Reed said any size and any brand is welcomed.

“A good supply of diapers can probably serve 20 families a month in our area,” she said. “The biggest and most significant need we see is needing diapers just to get the family through to payday. We can help a lot of families and children with this.”

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