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Wilmington man overcomes depression, homelessness with needle and thread

Pete Davis (Source: WECT) Pete Davis (Source: WECT)

Not many of us can say we've found our one true talent. For one Wilmington man, his talent is not one you'd expect. It involves a needle and thread, and he's using that passion to now bring happiness to others.

We met Pete Davis last week when he came to our WECT Meet and Greet at the Downtown library. He told us he used to be homeless, suffered through years of depression -- and the thing that saved him? Weaving ribbon crosses.

Pete Davis is not like most 62-year-old men. 

"I have pastel colors, with glitter," he says, showing us his bag of assorted ribbons.

He's heard the stereotype. Knitting and weaving are for women. But Pete doesn't care.

"I'm not afraid to admit that I do this," Pete says. "Nothing to be ashamed of."

To him it's not just a hobby. It's a gift.

"It gives you peace, yes. This takes away a lot of the pain, frustration," added Pete.

He says the pain and frustration came from years of homelessness and depression.

"Had no other place to go, no one to hang out with or talk to me," said Pete. "Didn't have the courage to talk to anyone for a while."

With each strand of ribbon, woven together, Pete has found his passion.

"It's just the love in doing this," Pete says. "Makes me feel great."

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