What started as a fun idea for a local college student turned into a money-making craze — with a portion of the good fortune going back to communities across the country and as well as Detroit.

Josh York is the Founder of York Project. For every item of York Apparel sold, they give an article of clothing to a homeless person. York Apparel started in a Livonia basement in 2012.

“My parents told me from the start how important it is to give back and help out others and that will always come back to you,” said York.

The origin of York’s fashion business came in an unexpected way. “Two years ago I was playing drums in a band took a knit hat, sewed my name into it, wore it to a concert and all my friends wanted one so being a business-minded person I started selling them,” said York.

The work he’s done has shown him how vital an act of kindness can be for someone.

“The most basic human thing is a human connection whether it’s a handshake or a hug,” said York.

The 2015 line from York Apparel is available now at their official site.

This feature is part of CBS 62’s Eye On Detroit series as seen weekdays during “CBS This Morning” between 7 and 9 a.m.

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