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‘COVID 19 Sucks’ fundraiser will feed more than 8,000 people

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More than 130 'COVID-19 Sucks Running Club' t-shirts had been sold as of Wednesday.

Eau Claire (WQOW) - COVID-19 sucks, but feeding more than 8,000 people does not.

The Harrison family, from Fall Creek, presented a check to Feed My People food bank Wednesday totaling $2,680. The donation is the result of 134 'COVID 19 Sucks Running Club' t-shirts sold in the last two months.

"It's a great start," Jeremy Harrison said.

The family has 66 more shirts available for purchase, which would provide another $1,000-1,200 in funding for the food bank.

The project began after most sporting events and races were canceled due to the pandemic. The Harrisons designed homemade shirts to combat boredom, stay active, and spark some friendly competition.

When word began to spread, the family teamed up with Blue Ox Running, Jodi Stevens design and Close Up Apparel to print shirts for the fundraiser in May.

"We got into it and I was like 'this could actually go somewhere,'" Calder Bica-Harrison said. "Seeing this shirt being made, it's like, 'wow, this is really a real thing that's happening.'"

Adam Condit, owner of Blue Ox Running, said he is proud the idea came from a local family and was innovated by other local businesses.

"It feels like it's from and for the community of the Chippewa Valley," he said.

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