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Local business gives back by knitting for food

Hook A Frog in Madison took part in the Knit For Food Knit-a-thon to raise money, awareness and to collect food for those facing hunger.

MADISON, Alabama — Small businesses need community support to stay open, especially during a pandemic, but one local business owner says that giving back to the community is all a part of what she does.

"Here at Hook A Frog, we are always looking for ways to give back," said Owner of Hook A Frog, Teresa Harris.

And that's exactly what the local yarn store did today by knitting for food.

Knit for Food Knit-a-thon is a 12-hour knitting marathon to raise funds and awareness for food insecurity.

The money raised will be equally divided between Feeding America, World Central Kitchen, No Kid Hungry, and Meals on Wheels.

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"What we did here locally is, local crafters could donate to that cause, or if they would like they could bring food here and we were collecting food here that would be given to our local food bank," said Harris.

Alongside combating nationwide hunger through Knit-a-thon, Harris gave patrons the option to bring food to her store, where she will then donate the food collected to her local food bank.

"Food, we always need, and the food bank always needs, and now of course with the pandemic, we have people that are not working, I feel the need is even greater," said Harris.

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She wanted to include her knitting community as well and as all of them donated a minimum of five dollars towards the cause, they joined together on a Zoom call to not only knit but to do so against hunger.

"A lot of people that are at home, they want to still give, or they want to be able to contribute and give, and how can they do this? This is a way for crafters, they can do this," said Harris.

Harris says that events like these not only benefit the community as a whole but the crafting community as well.

"It's keeping the crafting community growing but also a way that our store can give back, it's so important that we're a part of the circle," said Harris. 

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