From the Heart

Published: Aug. 17, 2010 at 8:05 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM EDT
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By Sabrina Squire - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Today's Act of Kindness has a bit of a twist, instead of one person paying it forward with $300 cash, we have a whole group passing it on to one special person.

We met our very hands-on friends at a West End Shopping Center. This fun loving circle of friends is always crafting something.

"We're a bunch of nuts," said Kay.

Kay's Krafters is a close knit group of about 15. They're part of a statewide organization called "From the Heart" that meets regularly to lovingly stitch and knit hats, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags, even baby clothes for local hospitals, shelters and relief agencies.

"We crochet, knit and sew for MCV, Mended Hearts, battered women, needy families, homeless, McGuire's," said Donna Lewter.

Today Donna and her crafty friends want to pay it forward to the group's founder, Lois Moore.

Donna Lewter: "She's one of a kind. If it wasn't for her we wouldn't have From the Heart."
Sabrina Squire: "Here's to your kindhearted efforts; 1 hundred, 2 hundred, 3 hundred to pass on."

Since Lois couldn't meet us at the West End shop, we set off to caravan across town to her home.

Twenty minutes later I meet up with the group in Midlothian where they're all set to shower Lois with a bouquet of balloons and flowers and crisp green bills. Seconds after we make our way to Lois front porch, the door swings open.

Donna Lewter: "Well hi Lois, surprise."
Lois Moore: "What are you doing?"
Donna Lewter: "You didn't come to us we came to you."
Lois Moore: "Were you in on this? Oh my goodness. This is a shock I just came from exercise class, I'm such a mess."
Donna Lewter: "We wanted to come and see you and bring you something special 'because you're a special person and you started the group with 2 people and now you got 1100."
Lois Moore: Golly I can't believe you guys. This is amazing I gotta give you. I know you were in on this."

Sabrina Squire: "Well we started a segment called Acts of Kindness."
Lois Moore: "Yes I've been watching."
Sabrina Squire: "Your group felt you were very deserving." 
Lois Moore: "Oh my goodness." 
Donna Lewter: "And they gave us 300 bucks. 1 hundred, 2 hundred and 3 hundred and you were supposed to be at the shop and you blew it."
Lois Moore: "I know I blew it."
Sabrina Squire: "Can you imagine how many people this will touch?"
Lois Moore: "With any cash contribution we buy more yarn."

Lois tells me scores of members will meet in Powhatan for the annual retreat and they've got a book coming out, appropriately titled "From the Heart: A Good Yarn."

"It's just unbelievable what this has turned into...wonderful, amazing," Lois said. 

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