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DeWine face cutouts fueling charity

It started as a for-fun post on Facebook by a Maumee man. Now, the joke is being used to give back to those in need.
Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 4:54 PM EST
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MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG) - Eric Shanteau just wanted to give people are reason to smile during difficult times. So the Maumee resident created the now Facebook-famous cutouts of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, which he placed around uptown Maumee and posted pictures on social media.

“I just felt like we are going through a really hard time,” Shanteau said. “It’s a serious time right now, and I thought maybe I could bring a laugh to a few people.”

A few people on Facebook quickly turned into nearly 30,000, and not just in northwest Ohio. Shanteau has received messages from Cleveland and Columbus. His image of Gov. DeWine was even featured on the scoreboard in Massillon during last weekend’s OHSAA state football championship games.

Another request to use the design came from Dayton. Tailor Curtis, Social Media Manager for Heart Mercantile in Dayton says that the company is now selling cutouts of the design. She says hundreds of orders have already come in, and more are pouring in daily, even from out of state.

“This product has really blown up overnight,” Curtis said. “We have a whole stack of orders waiting, hopefully, we’re getting 300 signs in today. They’re already purchased, and the orders keep pouring in.”

But Shanteau isn’t making any money. He and his wife wanted to help feed local families in need for Thanksgiving. Then, all of this happened, and now they can.

“We’ve ordered eight meals on Sunday, and we’re ordering at least four more (Wednesday),” Shanteau said. “And we’re donating 15 gift cards towards groceries for another 15 families. I never intended on profiting from this at all.”

When it all started less than a week ago, Shanteau was worried that people would think that he’s making fun of the governor and his handling of COVID-19. But he wanted to share a different message: “No matter what you believe in, just think twice about what you’re doing. And be safe.”

If you’d like to donate to help Eric and his family provide Thanksgiving meals, he is taking donations via Venmo at @Eric-Shanteau-1.

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