In 2001, three friends came up with the idea to produce an American flag car magnet. The proceeds went to the American Red Cross and helped victims of 9/11. They raised more than $60,000.
Now, the three friends have decided to re-form their partnership to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
"Nancy Medoff and Danny Paisner from ScrubaDub suggested we try to do the same for the victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombing," said Alltype Digital Graphics President Jon Grocer.
"All three of us are Boston natives and heartbroken at the series of events which took place," said Medoff, a resident of Charlestown and a runner in the 2010 Boston Marathon.
"We decided to make these simply because we wanted to make a difference for those injured and their families, and because we are BOSTON PROUD & BOSTON STRONG," said Medoff.
"Many of the victims will never walk again, many will not be able to work and the costs associated with recovery are astronomical. This is a small gesture but hopefully will have an impact," said Medoff.
The third friend is Brookline resident Paisner, who is the owner of Scrubadub car wash, headquartered in Natick.
On Friday, they began selling Boston Strong car magnets for $10, with $8 going to the One Fund Boston. The fund, created by Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Meninno reached the $10 million mark yesterday.
"It is important to note that 100% of the net sales for this item are being donated to One Fund Boston. We are not making any profit," said Medoff who works for Marriott International.
On Monday, Framingham-based Alltype Digital Graphics began making the 8-inch by 5-inch blue and yellow Boston Strong car magnets.
"We are so thrilled that we were able to pull this together after Jon generously donated his time and resources by designing and printing these magnets," said Medoff.
As soon as the Route 9 business closed for the night, Grocer and employee Michael Pearl, of Stoughton, started producing and shipping the car magnets. The two along with Grocer's son said they can make 500 car magnets an hour. The machine can print a sheet of magnets in about 3 minutes.
"Our link went 'live' on Friday night and as of today we have 200 sold with about 200 pending," said Medoff Monday afternoon. "If these sales all come to fruition we estimate $3,200 for One Fund Boston raised in 48 hours."
As expected many of the sales thus far are from Massachusetts, but orders also were placed from New York, Florida and Virginia said Grocer.
Grocer said those who live within driving distance to the Route 9 company in Framingham can purchase the car magnets at the store and avoid shipping costs.
The store is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The company is located on Route 9 west, just before the Dunkin Donuts and the Whole Foods plaza.