New born babies at Pittsburgh hospital wear red cardigans to honor Mr. Rogers on World Kindness Day
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero.” – Fred Rogers.
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood – especially when your neighbors are cute and snuggly babies sporting a red cardigans – what could be better?
In celebration of World Kindness Day, AHN West Penn Hospital and UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh dressed up their newborns in red cardigans to honor Mr. Rogers.
“In Pittsburgh, we are also celebrating Cardigan Day, in honor of Pittsburgher Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers), who modeled kindness and compassion to children,” Stephanie Waite, a spokesperson for the Allegheny Health Network, told CNN.
The adorable little outfits were inspired by the iconic character, who hosted the children’s television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” often while wearing his red cardigan and tie.
“At AHN, we wanted to join in the spirit of kindness with our most adorable ambassadors, our newborn babies,” Waite said.
UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital joined in on the fun too and even welcomed a very special guest.
Fred Rogers’ wife Joanne came to visit the babies. Her face lit up when she saw the six cuties lying in their bassinets.
“We welcomed Pittsburgh’s newest neighbors in style for #CardiganDay! Big thanks to Mrs. Rogers for stopping by!” UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital said in a Facebook post.
Parents were able to watch their babies from the nursery window as nurses dressed them up in their costumes and photographed them.
According to Waite, West Penn, one of the network’s eight hospitals and home to their biggest birthing center, often dresses up newborn babies for holidays and special occasions.
“We always get such a positive reaction to the photos — the babies are so adorable,” Waite said. “It puts a guaranteed smile on everyone’s face.”
After the photo shoot, parents got to keep the photos and costumes — cardigan and tie included.
A new film about Mister Rogers, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks, is set to premiere November 22.
Kindness is magic and it doesn’t take much to change someone’s life.
Mr. Rogers said it best – “There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”