Acampo woman finds a way to give back to the next gen­er­a­tion

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Front Page - By Danielle Vaughn NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

Hazel Sat­tler has been do­ing her part to make sure Lodi new­borns are warm dur­ing their stay at Ad­ven­tist Health Lodi Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal. The 87-year-old lo­cal mother, grand­mother and great grand­mother spends her time knit­ting caps for the ba­bies at the hos­pi­tal.

It all started when Sat­tler’s friend Ella be­gan do­ing caps for sev­eral hos­pi­tals in the area and asked her to help.

“I started help­ing her and I helped for two or three years be­fore she passed away. I just kept do­ing them and it’s be­come a hobby now.”

Now, 10 years later, Sat­tler is do­ing the caps and en­joy­ing ev­ery minute of it. She con­tin­ues to do it be­cause she likes to be able to help out and make a dif­fer­ence any way she can.

“They need baby caps for the new­borns and it’s just some­thing for me to do while I’m sit­ting here,” she said. “I don’t get out very much so peo­ple do­nate yarn to me and I just keep us­ing the yarn to make baby caps. I en­joy it.”

Some­times yarn is do­nated and col­lected at the hos­pi­tal and usu­ally when she has a de­liv­ery of caps dropped off the hos­pi­tal has more yarn for her to use.

“As long as I get yarn from other peo­ple, I’ll just keep mak­ing baby caps,” she said.

Each month she sends at least 100 caps and dur­ing the hol­i­days she does twice that amount.

“There is so many ba­bies born dur­ing the hol­i­days and what’s left over from Christ­mas they save un­til Fe­bru­ary and give them out to the Fe­bru­ary ba­bies.”

Typ­i­cally her caps come in a va­ri­ety of col­ors in­clud­ing pink, blue, pur­ple and yel­low, and moth­ers are able to choose which one they like.

“I mix the col­ors. I make yel­low and white or pur­ple and white and I just kind of mix them up so they have dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of caps they can pick from,” Sat­tler said

Dur­ing Christ­mas time, she knits red, white and green caps and on Thanks­giv­ing brown, white and orange.

“I love ba­bies. I just thank it’s beau­ti­ful to see them in the caps,” Sat­tler said of her feel­ings when see­ing a new­born wear­ing one of her cre­ations. One mother was so grate­ful for the cap that she sent Sat­tler a pic­ture of her baby at two days old wear­ing the cap to say thank you.

Sat­tler has been cro­chet­ing all of her life but was in­tro­duced to knit­ting by her friend Ella. While knit­ting, she likes to watch TV or lis­ten to mu­sic.

It takes 45 min­utes to an hour for Sat­tler to com­plete one cap, de­pend­ing on the type of cap it is. In ad­di­tion to knit­ting and cro­chet­ing, Sat­tler also en­joys sewing in her spare time and makes night gowns for her great-grand­chil­dren and quilts for her grand­chil­dren. She plans to con­tinue mak­ing caps for the ba­bies as long as she can.

BEA AHBECK/NEWS-SEN­TINEL

Hazel Sat­tler knits caps for new­born ba­bies at her Acampo home on Wed­nes­day. The caps are do­nated to Ad­ven­tist Health Lodi Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

BEA AHBECK/NEWS-SEN­TINEL

A full bag of caps for new­born ba­bies Hazel Sat­tler has knit­ted, sits ready at her Acampo home on Wed­nes­day. The caps are do­nated to Ad­ven­tist Health Lodi Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

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