Fred Rogers, the TV host of the evergreen show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood shaped the lives of many people. The iconic children’s show, that made its debut in the 70s, taught valuable lessons and instilled the virtue of kindness and compassion. Though he passed away and the program last aired on 31 August 2001, his contributions to the society still remain fresh in the minds of people. Something that happened yesterday is proof of this. On World Kindness Day, celebrated on 13 November, a Pittsburgh hospital honored the legendary TV host in the sweetest and adorable way possible.
According to 10tv, the newborns at the Allegheny Health Network’s West Penn Hospital were dressed in Fred Roger’s signature sweaters. They were dressed in red knit cardigans along with black ties. The dress-up was an initiative to remember Rogers, a native of Pittsburg, as part of World Kindness Day. It was also inspired by a social media campaign, the #CardiganDay movement that started just ahead of the 22 November, 2019 release of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a film that is based on Roger’s real-life friendship with a journalist Tom Junod.
“In Pittsburgh, we are also celebrating Cardigan Day, in honor of Pittsburgher Fred Rogers, who modeled kindness and compassion to children,” said Stephanie Waite, a spokesperson for the Allegheny Health Network. She added, “At AHN, we wanted to join in the spirit of kindness with our most adorable ambassadors, our newborn babies.” The hospital also did a photoshoot for the babies and posted the pictures on social media. “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood today at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital! We’re welcoming Pittsburgh’s newest neighbors in style for #CardiganDay!” wrote the hospital on Instagram. The matching knits for the babies were made by a nurse at the Magee-Women’s Hospital, Caitlin Peachin. The dress-up not only sent out a message but even cheered Roger’s wife, Joanne who visited them.
Parents and staff were equally thrilled to see adorable babies lined up in the same costume. Parents watched their little ones as the nurses dressed up in their adorable costumes. They were also given pictures from the photoshoot. “We always get such a positive reaction to the photos — the babies are so adorable. It puts a guaranteed smile on everyone’s face,” said Waite.
She informed that the hospital was one of the largest birthing centers and had the tradition of dressing up their newborns for holidays and other special occasions. Meanwhile, the social media campaign, #CardiganDay movement has inspired people all over the internet to post pictures with sweaters.