Custom Ink responds to concerns about helping design shirts to raise funds for a convicted child rapist foundation

The Gregory Raymond Kelley Foundation was founded in 2014 to support a convicted felon, Greg Kelley, in prison for super aggravated sexual assault of a 4-year-old boy in Texas. 

The Gregory Raymond Kelley Foundation was founded in 2014 as a way to carry out Greg's passion for helping others while he unjustly remains in prison for something that he did not do. His supporters have rallied around him and we are free and want to use that freedom to serve each other in our community in Greg's name, just like it says in Galatians 5:13.

The GRK Foundation has had difficulties in the past raising funds online once sites like Go Fund Me were made aware of the nature of this foundation. Maddie Brimberry found a company, Custom Ink, to help design and host a t-shirt fundraiser sale to support the GRK Foundation. I called Custom Ink this morning and spoke with Jasmine who directed me to call Booster, a third party fundraiser for Custom Ink. I called Booster and was told that this is a Custom Ink issue. I went back to the Custom Ink site and began a chat with a Custom Ink agent. I have posted our conversation below.

Success! You are now chatting with 'Amanda M. '.
Amanda M. : Hi Amy Smith! Thank you for chatting with CustomInk! I'm quickly reviewing the form you've filled out to see what I can personally help you with today.
Amy Smith: Thank you.
Amy Smith:
Amy Smith: GRK is a convicted child rapist in prison.
Amanda M. : I'm happy to help today. I'm sorry, about any confusion here. Let me take a peek at everything.
Amanda M. : One moment please.
Amy Smith: They are proudly thanking you for helping them raise funds for the rapist GRK. In the past other companies have shut them down (go fund me) when this was found out.
Amy Smith: I have asked questions on twitter about this as well but no response from you.
Amanda M. : I do apologize for the uncomfortable nature of this situation. It is not up to CustomInk or us as representatives to research or do background checks on our customers. We will absolutely not print anything pertaining to sexual offense, rape, demeaning behavior, etc. We will print the design if it follows all of our guidelines, in this case it does. Again I do understand the sensitivity of this matter and I absolutely understand your point. The customer is thanking us for the good job we've done with their shirts and our customer service not because we condone the behavior. We know nothing about this customer in any other capacity.
Amy Smith: I will post your response on my blog and let people know.
Amy Smith: I would want to know that a company does not care if they help a convicted felon in prison for raping a child.
Amanda M. : Amy, I sincerely apologize and I absolutely understand your point on this matter. While we do not agree with or condone the behavior in any way the design falls under our guidelines as it does not contain any vulgarities. We do have a legal team that reviews orders for such things as offensive language, vulgar material, etc.
Amy Smith: The name on the shirt, Gregory Raymond Kelley is a convicted felon in prison for raping a 4-year-old boy in Texas.
Amanda M. : I absolutely see where you are coming from. CustomInk is a platform for our customers, we don't feel comfortable determining guilt or innocence and who should or shouldn't be allowed to order shirts for their cause or reason.
Amy Smith: The state of Texas already determined guilt by a jury. He took a sentencing plea deal for 25 years in prison waving his right to appeal.
Amy Smith: I will post all of your responses on my blog.
Amanda M. : Thank you again for expressing your opinion and concern on this matter. I will pass your concern along to our team. I'm sorry that I'm not able to assist with this matter any further.
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Unknown said…
And now Greg Kelley is innocent. Maybe you should be careful what you get worked up about. Just proves that people can still be innocent even after convicted. It is out of the norm for people to highly suppprt a convicted child rapist, so taking a closer look at this foundation would have greatly benefited you.

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