How one Grandfather’s act of love is giving back to his community #WATWB

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Welcome to the sixth official “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ) post. The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit.“Simon Falk,“Inderpreet Uppal,“Lynn Hallbrooks,“Eric Lahti, and Mary J Giese.

For this post I am focusing on a story I read about on  it came out in November 23rd, 2016 and it was a story about an 86 year old grandfather named Ed Mosley from Acworth, Georgia, who doesn’t believe you are ever too old to learn something new.  This is why when he found out that his assisted living facility community was going to take on a challenge of knitting caps to the premature babies of the local hospital, he decided to take action and did not want to be left out because he could not knit.

Ed Mosley a retired engineer decided to tell his daughter he wanted to learn how to knit. So she went to a local craft store and bought him a kit with a loom, needles,  and yarn.   He says, ” I can read and so I just followed the directions and there was a bit of a trial and error but eventually I got the hang of it.”

Once he got started Mosley was on a roll and unstoppable.  He was able to make around 55 preemie caps all by himself.   His enthusiasm quickly drew many others to join in this effort.  There were so many who were inspired by Mosley’s effort but the biggest thing in this story was that Ed Mosley was able to deliver 300 Northside Hospital Atlanta.  This hospital delivers more babies than any hospital in the nation and sees 2,000 babies in its neonatal intensive care unit ( NICU) every year according to hospital spokesperson Aldo Nahed.

“It’s important for families to see their baby as a baby and not as a patient. This will help to get the families to that spot,” Kelly said.

Moseley said he wanted the project to have true value to other families. “It’s really nice to make a product that somebody really needs and has a purpose,” he said.

In addition,   Moseley says,    “I  have been touched by strangers who are sending him skeins of yarn, sometimes anonymously, to help him continue his work.”

What drew me to this story is how this elderly man Ed Mosley wanted so much to give back to his community he took on the challenge of learning to knit  and his act of love for those babies is something which inspires us all.

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Sources was taken from the story on


19 thoughts on “How one Grandfather’s act of love is giving back to his community #WATWB

  1. Kudos to Mr. Mosley for not only learning something new (that’s not easy), but for also thinking of those teeny tiny babies who need something warm on their heads. Thanks for sharing the inspiration of this man, Sylvia!

  2. Absolutely love this!!! Mr. Mosely is learning and using those skills to help others. I was blessed to see my Mom always taking courses or learning something new, some of my best memories are going to the library with her while she studied. Now in her 70’s she still takes courses and learns as much as she can usually to the benefit of others. She’s always been my inspiration and instilled n me that love of learning. Currently in my late 40’s and I’ve been following a new avenue of study and using those skills to volunteer for various peace initiatives. Thanks so much for sharing this Syliva! WATWB

    1. How absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing that about your mom and those beautiful memories you have with her and how she still continues to inspire you. So beautiful, Yes, Mr. Mosley is amazing and this is why I loved this story. Oh how awesome you continue to volunteer and apply skills to various peace initiatives. You are amazing my friend xoxxo thanks for stopping in.

  3. Hi Syliva – what an amazing story – my father and his brothers came from an engineering family and they do all the family’s sewing etc … the brilliant Mr Mosely … – how very clever of him to take on the challenge and to succeed – lovely – cheers Hilary

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