The Retired and Senior Volunteer program at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center are making these dolls for children in hospitals.
(WEAU) - As the baby boomer generation grows older, the time for retirement draws near.
But the idea of settling down isn't what some would call the American dream. Some would rather spend their time providing for others.
From 1946 to 1964, the baby boomers were born. In the craft room of the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, you'll see a generation stitching together a community.
"This is for the children and the hospitals. There are one or two nursing homes. Usually children that are going into surgery or the emergency room, they're usually for comfort,” said Eleanor Walter, volunteer.
Once a week for 30 years members of the Retired and Senior Volunteer program have sewn dolls and comfort blankets for children.
"I come here and I cut out the dolls, put the face on, make hair and make all the doll clothes,” said Elaine Hagen, 86 years old.
For 86-year-old Elaine Hagen, each stitch is relaxing.
"I have a nice pattern. I adjusted their pattern here. I didn't tell them, hahah. As long as it fits nice and looks nice on because this is going to be somebodies gift. Now you want that to be really nice,” said Hagen.
You may not see the wings of these angels, but an invisible halo hangs above their gifted hands.
"This is all made, even the eyes are just made out of pieces of material and so everything is just sewn. So there's nothing that can be taken off that the child can swallow,” said Walter.
For Eleanor Walter, it's a social time and a time of service.
"It’s really enjoyable and we get to be very close. We know who can help doing what, if we have trouble with one particular stage,” said Walter.
With almost 25,000 dolls delivered to date, it’s a tradition future generations can treasure forever.
"You get such nice letters, they say why there were in the hospital, what for and those they receive this toy and oh they take it to bed with them. They just treasure it,” said Hagen.
“So yea we just enjoy seeing them finished and knowing the child is really going to enjoy it.," said Walter.