Like the cartoon-like light bulb appearing above the head, Roxane Peters came across a great idea to commemorate the eclipse while benefiting a charity.
For five hours on Saturday, Peters set up shop outside the main doors of Sam’s Club on the North Belt Highway to sell special glow-in-the-dark eclipse T-shirts and baseball caps. The effort was accomplished as a partnership with Sam’s Club, with part of the sales proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network.
A Facebook page proclaims the project as “Glow in the Totality MO.”
Peters said she wanted to help others celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the eclipse by selling the gear. It took several months for the transformation of concept into reality.
“I just kind of started thinking about how the eclipse is special,” she said. “It was a matter of transforming it into a digital piece.”
Along with glow-in-the-dark technology, Peters chose to also include the geographic coordinates on the shirts. A shirt company manufactured the clothing. The design is supposed to glow during totality.
“OK, this is pretty neat,” she said of the creativity that was involved. “I think we pretty much pulled (it) together within about a month,” she said of preparing the apparel for sale.
She had help on Saturday from Kelly Worthen, a former St. Joseph resident who now lives in Kansas City. Both women are photographers, and pictures were taken of their children — Peters’ son Lukas Allnutt and Worthen’s daughter Lana — wearing the clothes for promotions.
“I want this to be like the concert experience,” Peters said. Indeed, one woman who purchased a shirt said she was experienced in collecting such mementos from the concerts she’s attended, including one by Elvis Presley. Still, others have said they plan to frame the shirts for…