Ed Moseley is an 86-year-old grandfather that leaves in Georgia, and he did something amazing to help premature babies. Ed is a sweet grandpa and this is one of his mottos “anyone is too old to learn something new”. So when he found out that his local community was participating on a knitting challenged he refused to be left at a side, just because he didn’t know how to knit.
The challenge was to knit caps needed in a nearby Hospital for premature babies staying in its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Premature babies struggle to stay warm, so having a cozy cap is essential for their first days of life.
Ed was determined to help out the babies, he told his daughter that he wanted to learn how to knit, and asked for advice as he explained in an interview to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“I told my daughter about it, and I said, ‘How can I knit? What do I need to do? And bless her heart, she went to Jo-Anns [Fabrics] and got a kit, yarn, and instruction kit for me. So I started slowly and learned it just takes patience.”
After hard work and many failed attempts, Ed finally got the hang of it. His first cap took hours to complete, but that didn’t put him off. He kept going and is much faster these days. Completing just over 50 caps in 4 months, covering his sofa with them, as he explains:
“I followed the instructions, and after two or three attempts, I started making fairly good caps. We started filling up my couch with caps, and then all of a sudden, caps started coming from various places.”
In total, Ed’s Living Community contributed with over 350 caps for premature babies. The caps arrived on National Preemie Awareness Day and warmed much more than the babies. It warmed also the hearts of every nurse and doctor in the hospital. In particular, parents that are incredibly grateful for the colorful caps keeping their little ones cozy.
Ed is now planning to keep up knitting; he wants to fo 30 caps per month and keep sending them to the local hospital, and he added “I got a lot of enjoyment doing this, and now I’ve graduated to large caps. I’m doing caps for all my grandkids.” This inspiring story is simple, but a strong reminder, that when you put your mind to do something, you can achieve incredible things.