Food Hospital Surprises Mister Rogers’ Wife By Dressing Babies In Tiny Cardigans And Ties


It’s a wonderful day in the nursery.

A women’s clinic in Pittsburgh celebrated Planet Kindness Day Wednesday by welcoming Joanne Rogers — the spouse of the late Fred “Mister” Rogers — and surprising her with babies dressed up as the beloved television icon.


The 6 newborns, who ended up all born on Nov. 11 or twelve at Pittsburgh’s UPMC Magee-Womens Medical center, wore very small crocheted cardigans (complete with ties!) and sneakers that resemble the comfy pair Fred Rogers would adjust into at the beginning of each individual episode of “Mister Rogers’ Community,” which aired from 1968 to 2001.

A spokesperson for the clinic told HuffPost that Caitlin Pechin, a nurse who functions at the hospital, designed the cute outfits. Just about every sweater took around two several hours to make, whilst the booties took about thirty minutes.


World Kindness Working day, a nationwide observance that encourages people today to have interaction in acts of kindness, also coincides with Cardigan Working day, a social media motion spurred by WQED in Pittsburgh (where by “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was generated) that encourages people today to don the signature style of the children’s clearly show star on Nov. 13.

If you’ve got selected to wear a cardigan these days to symbolize the Mister Rogers tradition of kindness, be positive to share it, & aid distribute kindness nowadays and just about every working day! #CardiganDay

— WQED Pittsburgh (@wqed) November thirteen, 2019

Right now is #WorldKindnessDay. I’m sporting a cardigan in honor of Mr. Fred Rogers, who generally explained to appear for the helpers. I’m blessed to be surrounded by the helpers I see in school rooms & in our educational institutions every day – adults and students. #CardiganDay #WEareLakota

— Matt Miller (@LakotaSuper) November 13, 2019

“Won’t you be our neighbor.” #WorldKindnessDay #CardiganDay

— Roosevelt Elementary (@Roos_Elementary) November fourteen, 2019

It will be a awesome working day for a cardigan tomorrow. Who is in with me? #WorldKindessDay #CardiganDay @PeelSchools

— Melanie Mulcaster (@the_mulc) November 12, 2019

But dressing up infants as mini Mister Rogers wasn’t the only issue the hospital did to welcome Joanne Rogers to its function.

A couple hundred team associates also lined the railings of hospital’s foyer and greeted Rogers by singing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” as she walked in. 


Joanne Rogers certainly cherished the surprises — primarily the infants. She mentioned to the clinic in an interview despatched to HuffPost that she experienced to restrain herself from holding each baby and joked that she was “being good” by not nuzzling every single a person. She also pointed out that Fred Rogers shared her appreciation.


“Fred seriously liked babies,” Joanne Rogers stated. “And he was very snug with them, and they generally with him.”

Joanne Rogers also experienced 1 minimal shock up (or instead on) her sleeve.

“I consider the sweater I’m donning right now was Fred’s,” Joanne revealed whilst she was at the clinic. “An early 1 that did not have the zipper. He went to zippers simply because when he was buttoning he would occur out uneven at the base.”


She pointed out that Fred Rogers’ mother would make the Rogers relatives sweaters for Christmas each 12 months, and anyone would receive one particular with buttons, apart from for Fred.

“She’d be handing out [sweaters], and she would say, ‘Oh, here’s yours, Fred. It has a zipper.’”

If that isn’t nearly as sweet as newborns dressed as Mister Rogers, we really do not know what is.

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