St. Peter’s Hospital Association “Arlene Mathews Sock Sew” volunteers on Monday celebrated 69 years of making handmade stockings for those staying at the hospital and babies born in the month of December at the Regional Medical Center.
The tradition was started by Matthews, a former St. Peter’s obstetrics nurse and longtime volunteer, who was the association’s leader. The effort began in her basement in 1953. She died in 2020, but volunteers have ensured the tradition continues.
The handmade stockings are for those staying at the hospital and babies born in the month of December at the regional medical center.
THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record
Nearly 30 volunteers and their family members gathered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to sew and decorate stockings. They made about 110 stockings for patients hospitalized over the holidays at St. Peter’s, and then 50 stockings for babies born at St. Peter’s in December.
“This simple gesture shows people who are hospitalized over the holidays that someone cares and is thinking about them, especially when they can’t be with their families or loved ones,” said