LAYTON — A Kaysville woman’s generosity provides a small gift for every newborn who comes into this world at Davis Hospital & Medical Center in Layton.
Elaine Beckstrand is known around the hospital for her ongoing, generous donation of knitted baby hats for newborns in labor and delivery.
When a baby is delivered at the hospital, the nurses place one of Beckstrand’s hats on the newborn’s head before returning to the mother, a press release from the hospital said.
“Elaine is truly an amazing person,” said Julie Ballard, the hospital’s Director of Women’s Services. “Small gestures of kindness are often overlooked, but Elaine’s commitment to bringing happiness into the lives of these families is clearly appreciated.
“She is giving back to her community in a way that’s entirely unique,” Ballard said.
Beckstrand has consistently used knitting as a way to relieve stress and keep her mind off the strains of everyday life. She has battled and overcome leukemia and breast cancer. Despite an ongoing struggle with heart and lung problems, she continues her service to the hospital, said Michelle Whiteley.
She is Beckstrand’s daughter and a registered nurse at Davis Hospital. Whiteley recalls seeing her mother propped up in bed stacking knitted baby hats in a neat pile. The volunteer is always eager to get as many hats to the labor and delivery nurses as possible.
“It has become my mother’s mission to provide a warm handmade hat to every newborn baby who is delivered at Davis Hospital,” Whiteley said.
“I am so proud of my mother’s courage to push through the hard times, especially with her health. She continues to knit these hats because it is important for her to bring love and joy to the families that receive them,” she said.
“As long as she has the ability to move her hands, I know she will continue to give to these new babies,” Whiteley said.
Beckstrand and her husband Paul are the parents of five children and have 20 grandchildren.