Here's a heartwarming holiday story for ya: Marc Jacobs and business partner Robert Duffy have pledged to donate at least $48,529 to the restoration of a dilapidated playground in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
The renovation will be funded by the sale of $28 "P-town" t-shirts, available now in Marc Jacobs stores. The eight-shirt series features images of the local community center, boats, smiley faces and mermaids, all drawn by local Provincetown children.
Since purchasing a home in the Provincetown area in 2004, Duffy and husband Alex Cespedes have contributed to a variety of causes in the neighborhood--the local public library and art museum both feature wings named after Duffy or the Jacobs corporation.
Provincetown Recreation Director Brandon Motta said that this is the second time the company has donated money to the town through the T-shirt program, previously raising $40,000 for the local soup kitchen.
Interest in the restoration of the Chelsea Earnest Memorial Playground arose after Cespedes volunteered at the Provincetown Community Center and informed Duffy of the recreation department's financial difficulties. Come spring, the company's donations will be used to replace the playground's rusted swing sets, jungle gyms and fences.
In an interview with local paper the Cape Cod Times, Motta said he was thankful for the company's helping hand: "I can't express how grateful I am. It gives me a whole lot more flexibility in what I can do."