Let this serve as a reminder that you’re never too old to learn a new trick.
Thanks to Ed Moseley, a resident at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Acworth, Georgia, more than 300 premature born babies in the NICU at Northside Hospital in Atlanta are nice and cozy thanks to their custom-made knitted hats.
And the best part? Ed taught himself how to knit to make these hats just in time for the holiday season.
“I prevailed on my daughter to get a kit, and it comes with the right size loom and the right tools to help you knit one,” Moseley informed ABC News. “I just followed the instructions. It was easy. Somehow I had never knitted, and I always associated knitting with a bunch of needles but this looked pretty doable for me. I went through two or three before I came out with a good finished product.”
Before he knew it, he had knitted 55 tiny, adorable baby caps. And what inspired him to do it? A challenge.
Ed’s living community challenged their residents to knit as many hats for the babies as possible, and as a recently retired engineer, Ed wasn’t one to back down from a challenge.
With excitement in every stitch, Ed set to work and even held classes to inspire his fellow residents to join in his efforts.
Together, with help from caretakers, staff, family and friends, more than 300 caps were knitted to give the NICU on November 17, 2016.
The parents of the preemie babies were overwhelmed by the gesture.
“It means a lot to us because this is our second stint in the NICU,” said Doug Bunt, who’s young son Matthew was born on November 12. “We have a 5-year-old who spent 54 days up there. To know there are other people who are thinking about the well-being of these babies, our babies, it’s really nice to know. The fact this man is taking time out of his day to help the kids really means a lot to us.”
Similarly, the staff at Northside Hospital, who care for around 2,000 premature infants each year, were also moved by the kind act.
“It’s great to receive these wonderful gifts,” said Linda Kelly, the clinical manager of the special care nursery. “To have a gift left at the bedside, or a nurse put the hat on the little baby’s head, makes it all seem less like a hospital. It’s important for families to see their baby as a baby and not as a patient. This will help to get the families to that spot.”
For Ed, knitting hats was a nice hobby for him. It gave him something to do while he completed his other favorite hobby – watching golf on TV.
“When someone appreciates something you do, that makes you feel good, naturally,” Ed remarked. “I got a lot of enjoyment doing this and now I’ve graduated to large caps. I’m doing caps for all my grandkids.”