Grieving woman starts small business after losing loved one

Published: Jan. 2, 2021 at 5:23 PM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Local woman rediscovers her love of knitting and crocheting after losing her brother and later starts a small business.

Gina White lost her brother, Josh King, to heart disease in December of 2019. Since then, she created Two Hearts Project where she raises awareness about heart disease by knitting and crocheting hundreds of blankets, scarves, hats and more to donate to local shelters and raise donations for American Heart Association.

She picked up the hobby to distract her from the thought of losing her brother.

“Just wanting, I guess to focus my energy on something with his passing,” White said. “And maybe be able to bring awareness to it and then maybe even being able to raise a little bit of money for the American Heart Association.”

White has donated items to the Salvation Army and Neighbors’ Place in Wausau. She’s also organized other clothing drives and recently a diaper drive for local shelters in Wausau.

“There’s actually some pretty amazing statistics on that,” White said. “The need for actual diapers for families and especially with the pandemic right now too.”

White says she’s hoping that the next project Two Hearts Project completes positively affects the entire country.

“I’d like to find places to donate baby hats,” White explained. “I’d like in all 50 states.”

She says anyone looking to contribute to Two Hearts Project should follow the company’s website for updates. She currently isn’t accepting monetary donations, but she appreciations anyone willing to donate their time or other items.

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