Some of Beaumont's most seasoned residents have been busy making sure its newest residents receive a warm welcome to the city. Since 2002, residents at Calder Woods senior living community have been meeting to knit caps which are donated to newborn babies at Christus Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth's Hospital and Baptist Hospital. About 30 caps are donated monthly and prepared by two women who are part of a knitting group who meets each Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the community to work on their knitting projects, build the bonds of friendship, enjoy conversation and create something that serves a greater purpose. The two women who donate their caps, Agnes Northrup, 96, and Ethlyn Johnson, 89, were recently honored for their giving spirit by being named Calder Woods' 2016 Volunteers of the Year.
Both residents began knitting at a young age and continued this hobby into their retirement by knitting baby caps to donate to others before they moved to Calder Woods. Since moving to Calder Woods, it is estimated that more than 4,000 caps have been delivered to Beaumont hospitals thanks to their efforts.
At a time when not much is made by hand, it is impressive to see these women carrying on a time-honored tradition to welcome the babies of Beaumont. We'd love for you to come out and meet Agnes and Ethlyn and see them creating their caps. They meet every Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Calder Woods (7080 Calder Avenue). Please let me know if you plan to come out or would like to set up interviews with the residents or staff. I can be reached at this email address or 214-378-7970 ext. 304.