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A Nurse At A Hospital Dressed Infants In Crocheted Red Sweaters And Blue Sneakers To Honor Mister Rogers.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood thanks to one nurse at a Pittsburgh hospital. 

Earlier last week, on November 13th, the world celebrated in World Kindness Day and so did a troop of newborns at Pittsburgh’s UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital after a registered nurse created outfits for the infants and dressed them up in the iconic red sweater and blue sneakers look worn by Pittsburgh’s very own Fred Rogers.

Newborns at the UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital were dressed in crocheted red sweaters and blue sneakers to honor Mister Rogers.

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Pechin worked hours on her project to knit the sweaters for the newborns. Speaking to Good Morning America, Pechin said “It’s more just something I do for fun. I really enjoy making things for all the babies because they look so cute in them.”

In an interview with GMA about the hospital’s sweet celebration of Mister Rogers and the newborns, Kristen Lewandowski and her husband, Michael described the celebration as “really special.” “It was just a really special thing to see the red sweater and the shoes and to know that they were both knitted by one of the nurses in the hospital,” Kristen Lewandowski told “GMA.”

According to their interview with GMA the Lewandowski’s said that seeing their child in a red cardigan was particularly special because they had grown up watching “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

“When I was little I watched ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ with my grandmother, my grandma Mary, who we named our [daughter] Mary after,” Michael Lewandowski said.

The event was made to be even more special when Mrs. Joanne Rogers, late Mister Rogers’s wife, also appeared at the event to welcome the newborns into the world and honor her husband.

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Joanne Rogers, Fred Rogers’ widow, is a concert pianist who met her late husband while the two attended Rollins College. The twofer married in 1952 and was married for 50 years until he died in 2003 of stomach cancer. 

“She was so sweet and so sincere and just wished us the best of luck as new parents,” Kristen Lewandowski told GMA, “and just told us to support one another and we thought that was great advice.”

For the special occasion, Joanne Rogers is reported to have worn an old sweater that belonged to her husband. Fans of the “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” series will remember that Fred Rogers’s red cardigans were an iconic part of his show and he often wore cardigans as part of his look. In the original series that debuted in 1962 and ended in 2001. Rogers could be seen in every episode greeting his audience while singing the show’s theme song and changing from a suit jacket to a cardigan. 

For her visit to the hospital, Joanne Rogers was serenaded to the beloved song “It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” by the hospital staff and employees. According to GMA, the hospital’s nurses and staff wore T-shirts that looked like red sweaters.

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