Redlands, Ca -- An 80-year-old tradition continues this year when the Redlands’ Sewing
Center begins their ‘Newborns in Christmas Stockings’ project.
The group of sewers is creating oversized holiday stockings, making sure
every child born in December goes home swaddled in a unique holiday gift
to commemorate their seasonal birth. Thanks to a group of sewing enthusiasts,
volunteers will be donating their efforts to making the holiday stockings
“This is a true labor of love given by all of the volunteers in the
Redlands Sewing Center,” said Lauren Spilsbury, Vice President of
Patient Care Services. “We are so grateful to them for helping us
keep such a great tradition alive. The staff loves to present the parents
with the stocking, and the parents are always extremely excited about
A tradition that started in 1930 by the Linen Committee which was compromised
of hospital auxiliary volunteers transformed into a sewing committee.
Holiday stockings were made and given as gifts to newborns and their families
during the holiday season. Over the years, the sewing group began to see
a decline in membership and could no longer provide the service. Hospital
Auxiliary Volunteer, Sylvia Terifay thought of an idea to ask outside
enthusiasts for help. In 2005, the stockings were once again provided
and the tradition continues to this day.
“It seemed logical to utilize people in the community who like to
sew,” said Sylvia. “I was ecstatic when I got confirmation
from the store owner. I knew Redlands Sewing Center would come through
in keeping the tradition alive.”
For information about the newborn holiday stockings at Redlands Community
Hospital, call (909) 335-5500. For services and volunteer sewing opportunities
offered at the Redlands Sewing Center, call (909) 792-3994.
Redlands Community Hospital is a not-for-profit standalone hospital.