The Brightside: Knitting hats for babies
SALISBURY, Md. – During the pandemic when schools went virtual, kids in the area had a lot more time on their hands to pickup some new hobbies. But one ten-year-old used that time to learn a new skill that helps families and babies in need.
“We had a friend across the street that always made them and she started a business, and she taught me how to make them, and then my grandmother helped me actually make them and put pom poms and stuff on them,” 10-year-old Madison Milligan said.
Madison is talking about hats, which she’s been knitting since her school went virtual months ago. But it’s not just a hobby – the hats are making a difference.
“They go to babies that get sent to [the pediatric unit], not ones that get to go home right after they give birth,” she said.
Madison and her grandmother, who also makes them, donate the hats they knit to Tidal Health where her grandmother works, and then they’re given to those babies. Madison admits that knitting wasn’t love at first sight, or at first stitch.
“At first it wasn’t that fun, I was like I don’t really want to do this,” she said. “But then when I found out what we were making them for, it was a little bit more fun, like I would stay up in bed and make them for that reason.”
And Madison’s mom, Chelsea, says when she peeks her head in her daughter’s bedroom at night and sees her knitting away, she couldn’t be more proud.
“Especially during covid, the visitation policies are different, families are struggling more, and to know that anything they can do to help makes a difference and I think that’s a beautiful thing,” Chelsea said.
And Madison says, knowing the difference she’s making, she has no plans of stopping.
“I’m telling you, when I get home and in bed, and I’m on my computer so I’m like, I’m just going to make them while I’m doing work,” she said.