BANGOR, ME– It started as a challenge from his daughter, but now Larry Payeur’s crafting hobby has turned into so much more. The Vietnam and Korean War vet was first asked by his daughter to recreate a wire spider pin she had seen. Soon, he took to crafting little, wire creatures pretty easily.
Now, he makes them for charities and even gives them to strangers on the street.
“I walk up to them and I give it to them and I normally say, ‘just because you’re here,” he said. ‘No rhyme, no reason why.”
Payeur says making the creatures helps his PTSD and he likes making a difference in peoples’ lives.
“I’m fortunate that I feel as good as I do,’ he said. ‘I’ve got problems, I’m 100 percent PTSD and cancer and all that stuff. However, I can still do this for people who can’t help themselves. It makes me feel good.”