86-Year-Old Grandfather Teaches Himself How to Knit & Makes Tiny Hats for Premature Babies

More than 300 premature babies at the NICU in Northside Hospital in Atlanta are sleeping cozily thanks to this special effort by an 86-year-old man.

Ed Moseley is a resident at the Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Acworth in Georgia and he taught himself how to knit to be able to make wonderful and warm hats and donate them to the NICU.

Mosely said that he asked from his daughter to get him a kit-it has the right size loom and the needed tools for knitting. He followed the instructions and it wasn’t hard.

He had never knitted before and he always associated it with a lot of needles. But, this kit seemed like the right thing. He went through 2 or 3 before he made a quality and ready product.

Grandfather Successfully Knits 55 Baby Caps

He managed to knit 55 colorful and comfy baby caps and responded to the challenge in his community to knit as much as hats possible for the babies.

JoAn Hobbs, the executive director of the facility, explained that their corporate office gave them a challenge to see how many caps they can make.

They set a goal of 200 caps for the 8 communities; however, it seemed that the Dogwood Forest was the only one who really participated.

This number is in a large part a result of Moseley’s effort-he is a retired engineer who was looking forward to take the challenge and held classes for his fellow residents to inspire them.

However, he believes he’s not the best instructor out there as he didn’t get many takers.

His caretakers, staff, friends, and family helped him make more than 300 caps for the NICU. The parents of the preemies were so grateful of his gesture.

The Parents & Staff Are Happy to Have these Gifts

Doug Bunt, who welcomed his youngest son Matthew who was in the NICU, said that this means so much to them as this is their second time in the NICU.

Their 5-year-old spent 54 days there.

Bunt explains that having other people think about the well-being of these babies is a very nice feeling. And, the fact that this man took a time of his day to help is something very meaningful.

The staff at the Northside Hospital care for around 2000 premature babies every year and they said it’s great when they receive these gifts.

For Linda Kelly, who’s the clinical manager of the special care nursery, a gift at the bedside or a hat on the baby’s head makes the room less like a hospital.

They want the parents to see their babies as babies, not as patients.




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