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'Down N' Dirty Hat Company' donates to 1 October survivors

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The Down N' Dirty Hat Company has been donating proceeds to 1 October victims. (FOX5) The Down N' Dirty Hat Company has been donating proceeds to 1 October victims. (FOX5)

For many, nothing screams 'country music lover' like a proper cowboy hat and Sacramento-based store, Down N’ Dirty Hat Company, happens to be one of the best. 

This year, they were the exclusive vendor at the Route 91 Music Festival, but in the two months since the attack, the company’s owner has been using profits to help victims. 

"Unfortunately through what happened we all share a special bond,” Bart Godinez, owner of Down N' Dirty Hat Company said. “With that bond, you kind of have the feeling inside you that you have to help."

Godinez escaped a night of horror that 58 others didn’t when a gunman fired into the crowded Route 91 festival. Since then, he's been on a mission using what he knows best, hats. For every 25 Vegas Strong hats sold, a check will go to someone injured during the shooting. 

This time the proceeds are going right into the hands of Natalie Grumet.

"I had been shot at the concert in my face,” Grumet said. “In my left jaw."

Grumet was in ICU for 20 days. One of the first things she did when she got out of the hospital was visiting the 58 Memorial crosses set up for those who died as a result of the shooting. That is where Grumet met Godinez and shared her story. 

"My jaw was wired shut for 8-weeks, I still have a lot of metal in my mouth, and then I have about a year and a half left of major surgeries and procedures. I have a titanium plate from here to here, my bone was completely shattered," Grumet said.

This was Grumet’s second trip back to Las Vegas from her home in Southern California since the shooting. The first was to pay tribute to the 58 deceased shooting victims. 

She said every visit gets easier, but there is still a long road ahead. 

"I can’t really be out on the strip,” Grumet said. “Driving by the venue and the Mandalay Bay is extremely painful for me, I just want to cry, it’s hard.”

For Godinez, these stories are what inspired his hat fundraiser. He said the $300 check he gave Grumet may not be a lot, but he hoped it will help in some way. 

"She can pay her phone bill, buy some groceries,” Godinez said. “Feel the love of everyone that had bought this hat.”

The hats are still up for grabs. Orders can be placed online at DownNDirtyHats.com.

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