Knit Wits creating comfort for the community

Elaine Edwards and the Knit Wits were nominated for Pay It Forward. (Image: WTVC)

At a church in Hixson, there's a small group of women making a big difference in the lives of medical patients in Chattanooga.

Their creations are colorful and comfortable. The goal is to help complete strangers in their time of need.

Newschannel 9's Jessica Harthorn surprises the "Knit Wits" in this week's Pay It Forward.

The Knit Wits talent is "Off the Hook!"

But what's even more remarkable, is how their type of needle actually brings comfort to children in the hospital.

What starts as a ball of yarn and a couple of hooks, ends up a magnificent masterpiece.

"I just love these ladies," says former Knit Wits member Judy Everett.

The Knit Wit group at Burks United Methodist church in Hixson is on a mission.

Last year, these women knit or crocheted more than 600 items.

Blankets for babies, scarves for the homeless and hats for chemo patients at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

"They just turn out really big amounts of things and we are really proud of them," says Judy.

Judy says she wants to give the Knit Wits some recognition, because they pay for all their own materials.

She can't contain her elation as she walks into the church.

"We are here, I'm so excited!" says Judy.

Then Judy rounds the corner to surprise the leader of the Knit Wits, Elaine Edwards.

"Hello Ladies, Good Morning! And for all the wonderful work that you do. On behalf of the McMahan Law Firm and Newschannel 9, we would like to Pay It Forward and present to you $500... 1, 2, 3, 4, 5," surprises Judy.

"Oh my goodness! Thank you so much!" says Elaine.

After a big hug, more Knit Wits walk through the door, and as they work their magic, Elaine tells us how each item is crafted with care.

"We are using our hands to be the hands of Jesus, and show love for people with the things we make," describes Elaine.

Elaine says $500 will go a long way, paying for enough yarn to bring comfort to hundreds of people.

"A small group can do big things if they try," says Elaine.

Click here to nominate someone you think deserves $500.

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