Doris McGuigan knits clothing to donate to babies born in Ipswich hospitals.
Doris McGuigan knits clothing to donate to babies born in Ipswich hospitals. Rob Williams

Small gifts from a big heart

HUNDREDS of thousands of new parents in Ipswich and Brisbane have been the recipients of an anonymous gift for their newborn baby thanks to the countless hours of work of people like Leichhardt’s Doris McGuigan.

The 87-year-old pensioner has knitted more than 1000 pairs of baby booties for Ipswich Hospital, St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in the past seven years.

Just as the parents wonder where the act of kindness comes from, Mrs McGuigan thinks of the baby who will wear the booties as she knits.

“I just love little, tiny babies. It makes me feel happy knitting them,” she said.

“I sit and think of them as I knit. I think, a little baby will wear these; the little, tiny feet. If I see a little baby on the bus or anywhere, I wonder if they wore my booties at the hospital.”

It is a gift of kindness that makes that special day for families as a baby enters the world even more special.

Mrs McGuigan first started helping the hospitals when a friend approached her about a call-out from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for blankets for the cots.

She continued from there and also made beanies, but now specialises in booties, delivering 100 pairs at a time to the hospitals every six months.

“I don’t know how many pairs I’ve made. I’ve never kept count. But it is something I like doing.”