RIVER EDGE, N.J. — Scott Hill of River Edge never knew how hard his mom worked to keep food on the table until he became a parent himself.
Now the Closter tattoo artist, a Cliffside Park native, wants to pay it forward.
The Closter Dock Road parlor will be collecting canned food and nonperishable items for Center For Food Action in Englewood at its open house on Nov. 12.
The drive started in October 2012 following Superstorm Sandy, when a Little Ferry client lost their home and all of their belongings.
"We set up a drop off point for food and clothing in our gallery and within a week filled the whole floor," Hill said.
"I didn't really have a plan for where the items should go, I just wanted to help."
Hill made three trips to CFA and saw how dedicated the officials were to helping people in situations similar to his as a child.
Coincidentally, he said, the artists in his studio share similar backgrounds and philosophies.
"There is something about the the hard knocks and dedication that it takes to become a tattooer that attracts people who had a hard upbringing to the industry," Hill said.
"But these are the ones that want to give back the most once they get through it."
The Closter tattoo parlor will remain a drop-off location from Nov. 2 through Feb. 14. Anyone who donates will receive $20 off their next tattoo.