Ed Moseley, retired and now residing in a Georgia assisted living facility, didn’t expect to be picking up knitting needles at this late stage of his life.
“I never knitted in my life, and there was, they call it an ‘initiative,’” Moseley told Inside Edition.
The project began when a hospital in close proximity to the seniors home put out a call for soft, knitted caps that premature babies – known as “preemies” – could wear to help retain body heat.
“Corporate said it was a nice project for keeping the old people out of trouble,” said Moseley. “I’m an engineer, and I can read. I followed the instructions, and after two or three attempts, I started to make a fairly good cap,” said the 86-year-old.
His daughter helped him take the project to the next level by purchasing a loom he could use. He says it now takes him just 90 minutes from start to finish to make a cap. Moseley says he’s happy to have something to do while he watches his favorite TV shows, and quickly found out that most of his co-habitees in assisted living – many of whom are women – had plenty of yarn on hand to make more and more caps.
And so, what started as a simple challenge for an old engineer to master, soon became a project for everyone at the Dogwood Forest facility in which Ed lives. In no time at all, the senior crew had created 150 caps for the nearby preemies, and it wasn’t long before that figure doubled to an amazing 300 tiny head warmers.
To make their delivery even more significant, on National Preemie Awareness Day, the seniors dropped off their incredible creations to nearby Northside Hospital. And a new ongoing project for Dogwood residents was born, because under Moseley’s guidance, the seniors plan to knit at least 30 new baby hats a month for Northside.
The kind gesture has not gone unnoticed by the parents of these tiny tots, either.
“Knowing that people care enough to help parents is so appreciated,” said one preemie’s mom.
It’s enough to warm your heart the same way the knit caps warm the newborns’ heads.
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