Posted By: Bayley Bischof Channel 8 Eyewitness News 

With yarn, a crochet hook and a big heart, Denise Welch is doing all she can to make Lincoln a better place.

"The goal was to reach out to the community and give people stuff they can come and get for use whether they need it or not," Welch said. 

She, with the help of some friends, crochet hats, mats for the homeless and so much more. 

It's all in the name of her mom, who taught her how to crochet when she was just nine years old.

"She loved to crochet, she was always crocheting," Welch said.

But when her mom died last year, Welch said crocheting took on a whole new meaning. 

"I needed something to refocus on and I was missing her horribly so I just wanted to give of myself," she said. 

She hangs what she can on  a Christmas tree on her porch, and right next to it, has the cupboard full of items free for anyone to take.

"Knowing they have a mat, they have a place to lay down, I have a place to lay down and now they do too, and they have a hat that will keep them warm," Welch said. "I just want the community to enjoy life and learn to give and maybe if I give others will too."

If you want to pick up a handmade hat, learn how to make these items or donate yarn or plastic grocery bags, which the mats are made out of, you can stop by Welch's house. The address is 1902 Lake street. 

Welch said, "just tell them to come here, we love to help people!"