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Pinellas Park girl helps shelter animals by selling handmade scrunchies

Hannah Grant runs Scrunchies on Main on Instagram
Posted: 4:21 AM, Oct 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-02 06:50:41-04
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PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — What started as a summer project for 10-year-old Hannah Grant and her mother, Samantha Crawford, turned into a full-fledged business.

Thanks to a “hand me down” sewing machine, Grant is now sowing seeds of kindness.

“My great memaw handed down her sewing machine to me and my mom and we starting making scrunchies.” said Crawford.

She admits she had no idea people would actually want to buy her daughter’s designs. Her main goal was to simply help Hannah learn to sew.

“I looked for the easiest project I could learn myself to teach her how to do," said Crawford. "Scrunchies was the easiest way to teach her how to sew something simple and to the point.”

They launched, “Scrunchies on Main” on Instagram. Orders are constantly rolling in which Hannah still can’t believe it.

“When people see these, it kind of makes me proud that people actually want them," said Hannah.

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The girl does it all from fabric selection to production.

“When I was learning how to use the sewing machine I thought I was going to poke a hole in my finger because my mom did that once," said Hannah while giggling.

Mom is now reassigned from production to customer service. Hannah even handles marketing herself.

“I have mess-ups. So I always keep those for myself." said Hannah with a smile. "I wear them on my arms or in my hair to school and my friends always see them and they’re always wanting some. They always get them because I can never not give them to them."

Keeping track of inventory is not Hannah's strong suit as she is just 10. She knows there is plenty of time to work on that.

Hannah’s heart is as big as her smile. She donates part of her monthly proceeds to animal rescue shelters to buy dog beds, toys and leashes for strays.

“It makes me feel really good inside to help the animals that don’t really have much in life,” said Hannah.

So what’s next for this little dynamo?

"I want to go to college and then I want to become a marine biologist," said Hannah. "I will literally do this when I come home from work.”

If anybody can do it, Hannah can.