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People Taking Action: Knitting for a purpose

Posted at 9:49 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 12:23:54-05

  Virginia Beach, Va. - Knitting with a purpose, helping cancer patients and many others in their time of need.

We are shining our spotlight on the leader of a church knitting group in Virginia Beach, called Keep Me In Stitches.

We surprised Brenda Wiggleton as we visited her group at Grace Community Church in Virginia Beach. She was quite puzzled when I walked in with our cameras. I explained we got an email from Betty Allen, who read a portion of it.

"They are devoted to helping all cancer patients, no matter what age," Allen said.

She's talking about Brenda's knitting and crocheting group called Keep Me In Stitches.

They now have donated nearly five thousand hand-crafted hats for local cancer patients.

Brenda says she recently spotted one. "I was at a doctor's office not too long ago and I recognized one our hats on a patient and I just can't tell you how good it felt to know that I made a little bit of a difference in someone's life."

Brenda started her group at Grace Community Church about three years ago. It started out as a group of women learning how to knit and crochet and then they got the idea of how they could take action for the community.

Since then, they have been donating hats, scarves and blankets to all the major hospitals, various oncology centers and some veterans groups.

Betty says it was important to recognize Brenda, "She is such a giving person and not just to her family and church family, but to the community.  She's always thinking of things that can help people.

For all those reasons we presented Brenda with a NewsChannel 3 People Taking Action Award, along with $300 Visa gift card from our community partner Southern Bank.

She was pleasantly surprised. "Oh my goodness! That's a lot of yarn!"