Crocheting For A Cause is the brainchild of Virgie McGregor, a retired banker who lives with her family in suburban St. Paul, MN. Virgie's love for the craft drew her to a crochet group in Houston, TX that she found while visiting. The group came together each week to crochet lap blankets for veterans in the Houston area. For years Virgie had dreamed of gathering crochet enthusiasts together in her community to "crochet for the fun of it". The Houston crochet group rekindled her dream and sparked the idea to bring this group to the Twin Cities, for those who want to crochet for fun ... and a cause, thus the birth of Crocheting For A Cause.
Virgie started crocheting "a long time ago" when she was in high school in Brandon, MS. One of her teachers, Miss Bertha Carter, would take her aside during lunch time and teach her how to crochet the same intricate lace doilies and scarves that she was making. Virgie caught on fast and never looked back.
She progressed to adding crocheted lacing to blouse collars and hand towels. Her most challenging project was a beautiful table cloth designed with delicate red crocheted rose motifs (and green crocheted leaves as well). She gave the table cloth to her mother who loved eating Sunday dinners on a beautifully set table. Virgie still has her very first crochet hook - the same one she used to crochet that table cloth.
Today Virgie's favorite crochet projects include slipper socks (her own custom design), unique and creative scarves, ponchos for toddlers, fashionable hats and blankets of all shapes and sizes. For many years you could purchase some of her items at the Roseville Area Seniors Craft & Gift Shop where she regularly volunteered and consignied for several years.
Through the Roseville Area Seniors Program, Virgie has mentored nursing students from Century College on how to work with older adults. She spent 16 hours each semester helping the students with their various assignments (related to working with seniors). These assignments included understanding the senior's life experiences, carrying on conversations with seniors, listening, and conversing with seniors. She also got to do fun things with her mentee like baking, looking at photo albums, making crafts, taking walks, and more.
Virgie has five fabulous children, seven grand-kids, and three great-grandchildren. She is a former Board Member for the North Suburban Senior Council (NSSC), and she is an active member of The Living Word Church and World Outreach Ministries.
Virgie loves to travel throughout the U.S. and overseas, and she is in her 14th year of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) where she serves as a Greeter.