It was certainly a beautiful day in the neighborhood as the Pittsburgh hospital dressed infants as Mister Rogers to celebrate World Kindness Day. Rogers, an icon when it comes to children’s television, kindness and equality, would have been proud of this tribute.
Newborns at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh commemorated the memory of Fred Rogers by wearing his trademark red cardigan. The infants celebrated World Kindness Day in honor of arguably one of the world’s kindest men.
“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!” the hospital wrote in an Instagram post full of the most adorable photos imaginable.
A Hospital Surprised Mr. Rogers’ Wife With Babies Dressed In Cardigans 🖤 https://t.co/HYiie8692R— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) November 14, 2019
A row of tiny infants wearing in comfy pants and red cardigans were a fitting tribute to the man who was the creator and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001, and which generations of children grew up with.
According to ABC News, the sweaters were all knitted by nurse Caitlin Pechin, who works at the hospital. “It’s more just something I do for fun,” she says. “I really enjoy making things for all the babies because they look so cute in them.” All the sweaters were accompanied by little necktie t-shirts below.
Mrs. Rogers, the late Mr. Rogers's widow, visited newborn babies at a hospital in Pittsburgh yesterday on World Kindness Day. The newborns were dressed in red cardigans. 🥰https://t.co/Lx8IJvGYd6— Eyewitness News (@wchs8fox11) November 15, 2019
On hand, as well, as was Rogers’ wife Joanne who was overcome with emotion seeing the tiny tots. Kristen Lewandowski, one of the mothers, told ABC News, “She was so sweet and so sincere and just wished us the best of luck as new parents. and just told us to support one another and we thought that was great advice.”
The staff also added to the festivities by singing a rendition of “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Hospital staff also wore red to match Rogers’ classic sweater, while the babies also wore the beloved host’s iconic tennis shoes.
Rogers, who died of stomach cancer on February 27, 2003, was a televisión pioneer and received over 40 honorary degrees and several awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1997. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999. He also broke racial and gender barriers. He was the first host to address racial segregation, taking a foot bath with François Clemmons in a 1969 scene, when racism kept many African-American from using the same public pools as whites.