107-year-old celebrates birthday by knitting

107-year-old celebrates birthday by knitting

A 107-year-old Florida woman celebrated her major birthday by knitting a number of hats for newborn babies.

Mazie Ford paid a visit to Memorial Regional Hospital to deliver her yarncrafts to various new arrivals in the facility's maternity ward. NBC6 South Florida reported that centenarian has been making these hats since she turned 100 and has been volunteering at the health centre for over a decade. She makes the hats for newborns at The Family Birthplace and held off her birthday celebrations until she had dropped off the latest batch.

The Florida woman explained to the news provider that she volunteers at the hospital on a daily basis and delivers the hats once a month. The carefully handcrafted hats would no doubt be able to sell like hotcakes but Ms Ford explained that she is simply happy when she makes one and smiles once they are finished.

Ms Ford's 85-year-old daughter Johanne told the news provider that her mother has always been keen on making people happy and is also really beneficial for her mother's health. She added: "I think it's marvelous. And I also think that it's something that keeps her going as well. It keeps her mind active."

The hats are seen as an ideal gift for newborn babies and parents will no doubt be grateful for the good will of Ms Ford when their pride and joy comes into the world.

The Florida native still has a long way to go however to become the oldest woman in the US as a Michigan resident currently holds the title. Jeralean Talley, from Inkster, west of Detroit, is 113 years old and in a recent interview with USA Today she explained that she has always lived by the motto of "treat others the way you want to be treated".

Ms Talley was born on May 23rd 1899 and has lived through two World Wars and seen the major changes to society during the past century.

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