“Needle Neighbors” Get Newborns Ready for Patriots Season

Retirees knit red, white & blue caps for babies at Sturdy Health.
September '23

Walpole, MA. – A trio of knitting retirees at New Pond Village, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Walpole, Mass, is weaving a warm welcome for the newest members of Patriots Nation. Shirley Hutchins, one of New Pond Village’s “Needle Neighbors,” enlisted the help of Anne Benson and Jean Huff to knit 20 caps for newborns on the Weber Maternity Unit at Sturdy Health in Attleboro. The caps, made with red, white and blue yarn, were delivered on September 6th, ensuring that the babies would be ready for home opener on Sunday.

“When asked if Needle Neighbors could make hats for the babies at Sturdy Health, I thought this was a fun idea,” said Hutchins, “especially since they were requested to be done to celebrate the opening

Patriots Game on September 10th. It was a fun project, and I enlisted the help of Anne Benson and Jean Huff. I’m hoping to keep this as an ongoing project and knit some hats for Halloween and Christmas.”
The caps were accompanied by a $500 donation to the hospital from New Pond Village.

“Sturdy Health is so thankful for New Pond Village’s support of the hospital. We are so grateful to the knitters and their caring energy and are looking forward to this partnership,” said Kat Wright, Development Coordinator for Sturdy Memorial Foundation.

Want to learn more about how these generous residents have made a positive impact on the local community? Read all about it in the recent Sun Chronicle article.

About New Pond Village
Set on the banks of Willett Pond in Walpole, Massachusetts, New Pond Village is a Benchmark Lifecare continuing care retirement community recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report. As part of Benchmark Senior Living, New Pond Village offers exceptional, maintenance-free senior living, a wide variety of premium services and amenities and a full continuum of on-site healthcare. For more information, please visit www.newpondvillage.com.

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