Former patient uses knitting to give back

By  | 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) — It's been 10 years since Raymond Vansickle, 82, was a patient and underwent open heart surgery at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown, West Virginia.

To mark the milestone and give back to the hospital, he decided to take on a new venture and create cute bonnets for all of the babies born in February.

"I just wanted to do something for the hospital; something for me and something for them. They did a good job for me, so I'm trying to do something good for them," said Vansickle told WDTV.

Vansickle first got the idea when his daughter spotted the Big Hearts, Little Hats campaign from the American Heart Association.

"I took it home to him and asked him if he would be interested in making some, and he thought it would be a great idea," said Vansickle's daughter.

After gathering up supplies, Vansickle made over 100 hats this winter.

"The first week in December, I started, and by the first week in January, I had 102 hats made. I ran out of yarn or I would have had more," said Vansickle.

The hats help to add a special touch to each newborn.

"They are great to help keep the babies warm when we do our skin to skin with the babies since most of the heat is lost through their head. It also makes a great memento for the parents to take home with them and cherish as the baby's first hat. Raymond did a great job," said Valarie Lane.

Vansickle said he is already looking forward to making the hats again for next year.

To learn more about the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign you can click here.