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Big hearts: Abilene mother copes with loss through crafting

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - On any given day, you can find Brenda Renfro at her Abilene home crafting, "I just do a lot of  crafts."

One of her favorite projects is making unique diaper cakes for people in the community.

Renfro says, "You've seen just the round diaper cakes. I just try to make things that nobody would think of is a diaper cake."

It's something she says keeps her close to her daughter.

"My daughter that passed, committed suicide back in March. She used to do crafts and since she's gone, I just want to take up her work," Renfro adds.

She pours her heart into each one, eager to give it to someone with a baby on the way. 

"You don't want to do anything on the diaper itself because the purpose of it is the diaper cake is for the baby to use it," says Renfro. 

In Renfro's workshop, there are signs all around  demonstrating her faith, "I am a firm believer in the Lord blesses us to bless other people. I'm blessed. I really enjoy blessing other people."

It's a hobby helping to heal her hurting heart. 

"I've had a lot of deaths in my family and I just need to keep my mind occupied with something to keep myself busy," says Renfro. 

Renfro surprised KTAB anchor, Brittany Pelletz with a diaper cake for her son last month. That is when Brittany learned Renfro has been doing this for others in the community and wanted to feature her for Big Hearts in the Big Country. 


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