One Special Teddy Bear Saved This Homeless Man's Life
Gregory never dreamed his new hobby of knitting would change his life so drastically. He took up the craft when he saw a sweater he couldn't afford and wanted to try and mimic the design himself. His newfound talent would go on to save his life.
Gregory Patrick found himself without a job and having trouble landing a new one. With zero luck, he ended up homeless and with no money. “I was living in the woods. I had no money, no nothing," he recalls.
One of Patrick's friends knew of his skill and came up with an idea. He suggested Patrick knit things and sell them online. Up for anything, Patrick knitted a bear. With the friend's help, Patrick got a computer, phone and a business began. The two set up an Etsy store and placed the bear for sale. Within a half an hour, the bear sold! Patrick now had money for groceries...
Seeing the potential, Patrick continued making and selling bears. “People love the teddy bears," says Patrick. “It's something to hold onto and clutch in a time of fear and loneliness. It moved itself from my world into yours, something you could hold and go, 'OK, we're all going to make it.'"
Within two years Patrick earned enough money to get back on his feet. He kept a blog, Mad Man Knitting, to document his journey and help support others. Also, fellow knitters can buy a pattern for “the teddy bear that saved me," as it's called – the very first bear he sold.