Two women, age ninety and ninety-five, are proving that you can make a huge difference in children’s lives around the world, and you don’t even have to leave your living room!
“We’re overworked and underpaid!”
So says ninety-five year old Bobbie Webster, who laughs at her own joke, because she’s not paid at all for all her knitted dolls.
Her pay is the sheer joy of giving.
“I started out by making a few and giving them to my daughter…for the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton” explains Webster.
Some of those sick children had been flown in to the hospital from the north, and had no toys with them.
“They’d just take the little dolls, and they just cuddle right up to them.”
One mother didn’t even realize her little girl could keep the doll.
“She asked my daughter, when she left the hospital, if they could take the doll,” explains Webster,
“and she said yes, that’s what they’re for…for you to take for the little girl…”
Webster’s dear friend since 1945, Eileen Hippe, lives in Saskatoon, but spends winters with Webster.
“Company for both of us…” says Webster.
“She’s alone is Saskatoon, and I’m alone her…
“We can sit like this for hours, in the afternoon, or in the morning, and never say two words to each other…I think that means we’re good pals.” says Webster with a laugh.
“I knit for our church too.” Hippe says.
“We have the touques and scarves, and mitts and whatever…so I decided I’d help too.”
Now, these little dolls are travelling the world – to hospitals in Russia, India, Iraq, and Iran.
And it was from Iran that Webster received an amazing accolade, a letter from a gentleman who’d visited the hospital.
“It was a thank you for sending the dolls, and it turns out that he was the Minister of Health for Iran.”