Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times Hogback Senior Center Elders’ Lucille Lapahie and Bessie M. Yazzie hold the blankets they helped make for the
Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times Hogback Senior Center Elders' Lucille Lapahie and Bessie M. Yazzie hold the blankets they helped make for the pediatric ward at the Northern Navajo Medical Center. (Augusta Liddic)
FARMINGTON — About a dozen elders from the Hogback Senior Center were made young again as they presented blankets and stuffed animals to newborns at the Northern Navajo Medical Center on Thursday.

"It reminds me of having my first baby," said Caroline Joe, 49, who now has 12 grandchildren of her own.

The women, the oldest of whom was 79, shuffled into the maternity ward of the hospital Thursday with 20 hand-made quilts and five hand-made stuffed lambs.

Each was custom, some with little lambs on the print and others with strawberries and flowers all of them different sizes.

Each of the items will be given to one of the newborns at the hospital, which, on average, sees approximately 525 infants born in its facility each year.

"I love little kids," Joe said, standing next to her mother, 79-year-old Helen Begaye, who also helped to make the quilts and stuffed animals.

Ruby Begaye, coordinator for the senior center, was the first to come up with the idea after her own grandson, now 1 year old, received a blanket after he was born prematurely at the University New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

"He's doing well. He's the one that gave me the idea," Begaye said.

The senior center hopes to continue the project, as it was very popular with the elderly women who participated.


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